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Ian Newhouse (T&F | Student-athlete)

NAME: Ian Newhouse


CATEGORY: Student-Athlete

SPORT: Men’s track and field

YEARS ACTIVE: 1978-1982


  • 1982 University of Alberta Male Athlete of the Year

  • Two-time Alberta Golden Bears track and field MVP (1981, 1982)

  • Competed at 1984 Summer Olympics

  • Delivered the Athlete's Oath at the opening ceremonies of the 1983 FISU Games


Legendary University of Alberta sprinter Ian Newhouse left his mark on indoor and outdoor tracks alike, establishing university, national and world records at virtually every distance he ran.

Born and raised in Alberta, Newhouse was a member of the Golden Bears track and field team from 1978 to 1982. In 1981 he was awarded the Dr. Fred Tees Memorial Trophy as the Most Outstanding Track and Field Athlete attending a Canadian University. The following year Newhouse received the Wilson Challenge Award, given to the University of Alberta's most outstanding Male Athlete. He was also a two-time MVP of Golden Bears track and field, in 1981 and 1982.

Newhouse competed in the 400-metre hurdles at the 1984 Olympic Games and was also part of the 1980 Canadian Olympic team that boycotted the Summer Games in Moscow. His extensive international resume includes appearances at the World Championships, Commonwealth Games, FISU Games, Pan American Games, Pan Pacific Games, and Francophone Games.

Newhouse held the world indoor record for fastest time in the 300-metre hurdles and 600-metre sprint. He also established Canadian indoor records for the 300-metre, 400-metre, 500-metre and 600-metre, and set national benchmark in the 400-metre hurdles outdoors. At various points in his career, he was the Canadian champion in the 400- and 800-metre sprints, the 400-metre relay, and 400-metre hurdles.

His greatest honour came in 1983, when he delivered the Athlete’s Oath during the opening ceremonies for the FISU Games before well over 50,000 spectators at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.


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