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Memorable Manitobans: Emile St. Godard (1905-1948)

Dogsled racer.

Born at Winnipeg on 15 August 1905, his family moved to The Pas in 1916. He won his first race at the age of 16. Over the next six years he worked to within one win of the World Championship Trophy and gained a reputation as one of the world’s leading dog drivers. He finished second in several dogsled derbies at The Pas. He won the dog sled race at the 1932 Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York. He was regarded as one of the finest dog drivers of his generation, and is the only dog sled racer to be inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame (1955). He died at The Pas on 26 March 1948 and was buried in The Pas Lakeside Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Dog driver champion, Emile St. Godard dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 March 1948. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 13]

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

We thank Kent Morgan and Ralph McLean for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden.

Page revised: 9 July 2017

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