Full name: Arthur "Art" Ravensdale
Born: 1911 in Bolton, Greater Manchester, Great Britain
Died: November 15, 1975 in Grafton, Ontario, Canada
During the 1930s Art Ravensdale was one of Canada's top amateur athletes and was particularly talented in hurdling events. In 1930 he set a national record at the schoolboy level in the 120 yard hurdles at the Dominion Interscholastic Championships. While attending Cobourg High School in Ontario, he broke his hip playing rugby and nearly lost his ability to run at a competitive level. Nevertheless he recovered and participated in the 120 yards hurdles event at the 1930 British Empire Games, but was disqualified in the heats. Undeterred, he continued to compete to great acclaim nationally, winning the sprint event at the 1931 Canadian National Championships, as well as excelling at the collegiate level while attending Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He eventually secured himself a spot on Canada's track delegation to the 1932 Summer Olympics and competed in the 110 m hurdles event, but was eliminated in the first round. His national success continued through 1933, leading up to an appearance at the 1934 British Empire Games, where he finished fourth in the 120 yards hurdles competition. After this, he quickly disappeared from the competitive athletics scene and slipped into private life. Ravensdale Road in his hometown of Cobourg is named in his honor.
Personal Best: 110H – 14.8y (1931).
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