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Al Allison

Full name: Ian Alistair "Al" Allison
Gender: Male
Born: July 26, 1907 in Greenock, Inverclyde, Great Britain
Died: August 4, 1990 in London, Ontario, Canada
Affiliations: Windsor Ford V-8s, Windsor (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Basketball

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)


Scotland-born Ian Allison came to Canada at young age and was active in track and field athletics, soccer, Canadian football, and basketball at Walkerville Collegiate Institute in Walkerville, Ontario. He participated in the latter two sports at Assumption College in Windsor (now known as Assumption University) and the University of Toronto, studying at what is now the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. He even appeared in four games of professional football with the Toronto Argonauts in the 1930s, before blood poisoning ended his career. Of all the teams he played on, however, he found the most success with amateur basketball’s Windsor V-8s, with whom he won the Canadian Championships in 1936 by defeating the Victoria Dominoes. This earned him a trip to the 1936 Summer Olympics, where he participated in the first official Olympic basketball tournament. After overcoming Brazil, Latvia, Switzerland, Uruguay, and Poland, the Canadians met the United States in the final and lost 19-8, settling for a silver medal. Allison scored 24 points and played in all six matches.

Allison had a career as a teacher at Walkerville Collegiate from 1933 until his 1973 retirement, but also served in World War II as a Major with the Calgary Tank Regiment. While teaching, he took up roles as a coach for the school’s basketball and track and field teams. Among others, he has been inducted into the Canadian Basketball, Windsor-Essex County, and University of Windsor Sports Alumni Halls of Fame, the latter as a graduate of Assumption College.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 29 Berlin Basketball Men's Basketball Canada CAN 2 Silver

Men's Basketball

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result PTS
1936 Summer 29 Berlin Basketball Canada CAN Final Round Match 1/2 2 1936-08-14 USA 19, CAN 8 4
1936 Summer 29 Berlin Basketball Canada CAN Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1936-08-13 CAN 42, POL 15 3
1936 Summer 29 Berlin Basketball Canada CAN Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 1936-08-12 CAN 43, URU 21 6
1936 Summer 29 Berlin Basketball Canada CAN Round Two Match #9 1 1936-08-09 CAN 34, LAT 23 2
1936 Summer 29 Berlin Basketball Canada CAN Round Three Match #4 1 1936-08-11 CAN 27, SUI 9 7
1936 Summer 29 Berlin Basketball Canada CAN Round One Match #7 1 1936-08-07 CAN 24, BRA 17 2