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Peter Williamson (August 1, 1946 - July 7, 1991)

Builder/Speed Skating/Cycling
Inducted 1992

It is amazing that Peter Williamson was active in coaching for less than 10 years. He touched athletes, administrators and fellow coaches. All were better because of the time they spent with Williamson, who passed away at the age of 44.

Between 1983 and 1991, Williamson coached cycling, speed skating, and roller speed skating. While his first love was his wife Lori and children Chris, Tyler, Reece and Elizabeth, he was committed to the success of the many athletes he coached.

Williamson was a champion speed skater and a member of Canada's Olympic team at the 1968 Olympics in Grenoble, France. He was also a skilled cyclist, competing on Canada's team pursuit squad at the 1967 Pan-American Games. Also competing for Manitoba at the 1967 Canada Winter Games in Quebec City wining Silver in the Men’s 500m and Bronze in the Men’s 3000m. In 1968, he was named the first alternate for the Olympics in Mexico City.

In 1983, he became provincial coach and technical director for the Manitoba Speed Skating Association. At the same time, he served as the provincial cycling coach, a position he dropped in 1987 to concentrate on speed skating.

Williamson coached the Manitoba Cycling team who won a bronze medal at the 1985 Canada Summer Games in Saint John. Two years later he and his wife Lori coached the Manitoba Speed Skating team. Under their guidance the team won one gold, two silvers, and a bronze at the 1987 Canada Winter Games in Nova Scotia .

In 1985, Williamson helped found the Coaches Association of Manitoba, serving as their first president. CAM (now known as Coaching Manitoba) named one of its coach of the year awards after him in 1992. He initiated the Cobblestone Classic, realizing his dream of bringing an international-calibre cycling race to the streets of Winnipeg in 1985. Working with Roller Sports Manitoba, Williamson got the sport of roller speed skating off the ground in 1988. He coached the first Provincial team. His athletes placed first and second at the World Team Trials and competed at the World Championships in Australia. His athletes included a young Clara Hughes.

In 1989, he became technical director of the Canadian Amateur Speed Skating Association. Williamson developed coaching manuals in both long and short track. The Canadian women's short track relay team dedicated the gold medal they won at the 1992 Winter Olympics to Peter Williamson.

Williamson was inducted into the Speed Skating Canada Hall of Fame in 1992.

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