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Tribute to an Olympian Dad

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Joanne Kilgour Dowdy

On June 11, US-based Trinidadian university professor Joanne Kilgour Dowdy will launch Olympic Hero—Lennox Kilgour’s Story, a book that pays tribute to her late father who died ten years ago. 


Lennox Kilgour won a bronze medal in the sport of weightlifting at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. 


The Kent State University professor said she had no plans to write about her father until December 2012.


Unlike Dowdy’s past literary outings, this book was written with children in mind, a release said.


Olympic Hero features illustrations by Dillon Sedar, an art teacher at Seiberling Elementary and an art educator/artist at Kent State University. 


Since she wasn’t yet born when her father won bronze, a lot of Kilgour Dowdy’s information about his Olympic journey came from the book Trinidad Olympians by Dr Basil Ince. Ince also reviewed Kilgour Dowdy’s drafts and gave her some much welcomed advice.


Alexander Chapman, a great support to Ince when he did his research on the Olympian, also supported Kilgour Dowdy on the project. 


“As a girl I would shine his trophies,” Kilgour Dowdy said. “His life as an athlete was all history to me, When I started remembering his days with me, he was painting, I was a model for one of his paintings. He was sculpting. I remember the bust he made of Edward Taylor, the former mayor of Port of Spain. (Taylor) was the only person who met Lennox at the airport after he returned from Helsinki with his bronze medal. 


“That story is in the book because I use it to show that Lennox did not let that disappointment stop him from pressing on to his subsequent victories as an international athlete.”


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