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Kanwal Singh Neel

2017 |
Track and Field


Kanwal was an athlete, coach and official with Kajaks Track & Field Club. His passion to give back to the community combined with the thrill of officiating at events where athletes pursue their best and being with others who share a similar passion, has motivated him over many decades to dedicate his time and efforts.

Richmond Roots Kanwal graduated from Steveston in 1971 and taught for 33 years with the Richmond School District. He officiated the RSSAA Championships for many years. In the 1979 Richmond BC Summer Games Kanwal was the sport chair for track and field. He was also host coordinator for race walking at the World Police & Fire Games held in Richmond.

Did You Know He was known as the “Math Guy” while hosting the Knowledge Network’s TV series the “Math Shop.”

Barriers Overcome Due to track and field injuries, Kanwal transitioned from athlete to official in order to continue to be a part of the sport of track and field.


Recognition Kanwal has received many awards and accolades for his dedication to track and field, while having a significant impact on both students and teachers as a prominent educator in the community. He has obtained a doctorate in education as well as being awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

All Awards

1979 BC Track and Field Official of the Year BC Athletics  
1988 Olympic Celebration 1988 Award, Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Sports In conjunction with the 1988 Olympic Games  
1992 Governor General’s Commemorative Medal 125th anniversary of Confederation – in recognition of contribution to compatriots, community and to Canada  
1994 Commemorative Medallion, XV Commonwealth Games, Victoria, Canada 1994 Commonwealth Games, Victoria BC  
2001 Commemorative Medallion, World Athletic Championships, Edmonton, Canada 2001 World Championships, Edmonton AB  
2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Honoured by the Lieutenant Governor for significant contributions and achievements by Canadians  
2014 Outstanding Alumni Award Professional Achievement, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby BC  

Championship He officiated at many local and national competitions along with representing Canada as a technical official for track and field at the 1978, 1982 and 1994 Commonwealth Games, and the 2001 and 2010 World Track and Field Championships.


1978, 1982, 1994 Commonwealth Games Represented Canada as a technical official  
1979 BC Track and Field Official of the Year BC Athletics  
2001, 2010 World Track and Field Championships Represented Canada as a technical official  
2016 Honorary Doctor of Laws Kwantlen Polytechnic University  


Career Stats

YearTeam / OrganizationHighlight
1969-1975 Richmond Kajaks Track & Field Club Athlete  
1971 - Present BC Athletics & Athletics Canada Technical Official  
1973-1982 Richmond Kajaks Track & Field Club Coach  
1980 - Present BC Athletics & Athletics Canada Clinician and Mentor  
2008 - Present Vancouver Sun Run Jury of Appeal  
2011 - 2014 BMO Vancouver Marathon Jury of Appeal  

Contribution to Richmond Sport Since 1971, Kanwal has mentored many athletes and officials in both training and competitions. He has also contributed as a coach, technical official, clinician and jury of appeal committee member at various events.

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