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Bill Bell

Full name: William James "Bill" Bell
Gender: Male
Born: 1927 in Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada
Died: November 28, 2016 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Affiliations: UBC Thunderbirds, Vancouver (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Basketball

Biography

William “Bill” Bell was a member of the 1947-1948 University of British Columbia (UBC) Men's Basketball Team that won the pre-Olympic tournament in Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto for the right to represent Canada at the 1948 Olympic Games in London, where they finished ninth (winning the consolation bracket). The Canadian Olympic squad from UBC was complimented by players from the Montreal team, whom they had met in the Olympic Trial finals.

Bell graduated from the first-ever medical class at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. After his graduation in 1954, he moved to Victoria, British Columbia, with his wife Lois (whom he was married to for 62 years), raised their five children, and was a successful physician.

Bell and his 1947-1948 UBC Thunderbird teammates were inducted into the UBC Sports Hall of Fame Class of 1996.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer London Basketball Men's Basketball Canada CAN 9

Men's Basketball

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result PTS
1948 Summer London Basketball Canada CAN Classification Round 9-12 Match #1 1 1948-08-12 CAN 45, BEL 40
1948 Summer London Basketball Canada CAN Group A Match #3 1 1948-07-31 CAN 55, ITA 37 7
1948 Summer London Basketball Canada CAN Group A Match #5 1 1948-08-01 CAN 44, GBR 24
1948 Summer London Basketball Canada CAN Group A Match #8 2 1948-08-02 HUN 37, CAN 36 6
1948 Summer London Basketball Canada CAN Group A Match #12 2 1948-08-04 BRA 57, CAN 35 5
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