Sports Wall of Fame

White, Earl

White, Earl
Full size image of plaque

Earl White was in the Royal Canadian Navy, stationed in Toronto, Ontario and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, when he first entered diving competition. In 1943, he won his first competition in Barrie, Ontario. He then competed in the Dartmouth 195th Naval Day competition where he gave a graceful exhibtion of diving skill and style to capture the Maritime Diving Championship, and the coveted Bud West Trophy.

Following the war Earl returned home and along with his brother Leon, built a high-bar in their backyard where Earl improved his gymnastic skills.

Eral was very active in the community both as an athlete, and as a volunteer. He became Captain of the NFCVI gymnastic team, and later, assistant coach of the Stamford CVI team. Earl was a senior leader at the Morrison Street YMCA and a volunteer instructor in swimming and gymnastics at the Boys & Girls Club. He also belonged to the winning Man-A-Mile team of 1947.

Earl entered the 1947 Dominion Championships in Gymnastics, held at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. He placed first in tumbling, second in parallel bars and flying rings, and fourth in the high bar. This resulted in a second place finish for the all-round Dominion Gymnastic Championships.

In 1977, at the age of 62, Earl returned to competition, when he entered the Ontario Masters swimming competition in Oakville, Ontario. He won first place in the 800 and 400 yard free style events and men's relay team. That same year, he traveled to Washington D.C. to take third place for swimming 2811 yards in one hour at the Potomac Valley Masters Swimming Tournament.

Earl continued to compete, placing first in the Mens 1500 metre Freestyle with a time of 31 minutes, 14 seconds, at the 1981 Ontario Masters Competition held in Etobicoke.

Earl was a talented athlete and a mentor to many young people in this community. 

Additional Images & Resources

Click to view photograph taken at Induction Ceremony  Click to view photograph taken at Induction Ceremony
From the library's image database (click the link to view the full record)

Title 10th annual Sports Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony - Earl White gymnastics and diving
Creator  Simon, Pat
Description  Family member accepting plaque from Mayor Wayne Thomson
Date  January 10, 1999.
Stamford Athletic Running Club - Team member  Stamford Athletic Running Club - Team member
From the library's image database (click the link to view the full record)

Title Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame - Stamford Athletic Running Club era 1931 - 1950
Notes  Image may not be reproduced without the written consent of the City of Niagara Falls, Parks, Recreation and Culture Department ; induction January 1998 ; Seated L-R: Pat Crole, Al Luciano, Earl White, Guy Mottola, Len Lawrence, Harry Sawdon ; Standing L-R: Bill (Soup) Campbell, Dick Gullion, Pop Wiltshire, Al Ross, Doug Plummer, George Butts, Ed Sherar, Sid Diamond, Doug Bowles, Al D'Amico, Jack Warga, Harry Carmichael, C E Browne, Ben Prior, W L Houck, Charles Russell ;
Date  1998.
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