Profile of Bob Adams

The Bob Adams Foundation was established in honour of Bob Adams, a Saskatchewan Olympian as an athlete, coach, and official. Bob Adams grew up in the small Saskatchewan town of Alsask. He began a life in Track and Field as a high school student. In 1942, he moved to Saskatoon to attend university. He continued to develop as a Track and Field athlete and in 1952, at the Olympic Trials, set a Canadian record of 6636 points in the decathalon, and was selected to represent Canada in the Helsinki Olympics. Two years later he attended the Commonwealth Games in Vancouver where he was named team captain. As a coach, Bob Adams was a founding member of the Saskatoon Track Club. He was named to coach the Canadian Team at the Commonwealth Games in Cardiff Wales in 1958 and at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 1964. As an official, he was named chief judge of the pole vault event at the Montreal Olympics in 1976. Perhaps his most important, yet least noted achievement, is the many years of service in building and developing Track and Field in the Province of Saskatchewan.

The Bob Adams Foundation is but a small part of Bob Adams’ legacy. Bob has been inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame, the University of Saskatchewan Wall of Fame, the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, and the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame. In 2005, Bob Adams received the Bobby Robinson Award of Merit from the Canadian Commonwealth Games Association. Most notably, he is one of very few athletes to participate at the highest levels of Track and Field as an athlete, coach, official, and administrator – a testament to his life long commitment to the sport of Track and Field.