ANOC Mourns loss of Les McDonald
ANOC is saddened to have learned the news that Les McDonald, ITU Honorary President, has passed away at the age of 84.
McDonald had served as a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee’s (COC’s) Board of Directors during a distinguished career which saw him play a central role in the formation of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) in 1989 and serve as the federation’s first president.
McDonald worked tirelessly to get triathlon included in the Olympic programme and in 1994, his hard work and dedication paid off as the IOC confirmed triathlon would be a full medal sport for the first time at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
McDonald was passionate about triathlon and committed almost 20 years of his life to developing it around the world but in his role on the COC he also enthusiastically contributed to the development of sport more generally. His distinguished contributions to the Olympic Movement were recoginsed in 2010 when he was presented with the Olympic order and later the IOC Women and Sport Award. In 2013 he was honoured with the Order of Canada in recognition of his outstanding lifetime achievement and a year later was inaugurated into the Hall of Fame of ITU.
ANOC’s deepest sympathies are with his friends and family at this time.