Bob Secord, also known as "Mr. Sport and Recreation," was instrumental in the development and success of amateur sports and recreation programs in Ontario and across the nation and was a founding father of the Canada Games.
His career began in the early 50s where he oversaw the development of sport and recreation programs in several Western Ontario counties for nearly 10 years.
“Mr. Sport and Recreation” helped shape the structure of Ontario's athletic programs and continuously worked at directing government aid towards the development of both mass participation and high performance athletic activities.
Secord played an integral part in establishing the Sports Federation of Ontario, the Ontario Sports Centre, financial assistance to Provincial sports organizations and the Ontario Games. Furthermore, he participated in creating the National Coaching Certification Program, the Ontario Games for the physically disabled, the Ontario Seniors Games, and the Special Olympics Program. Throughout his career, he was a strong advocate of the Canada Games program and ensured Ontario’s full participation.
With his extensive experience, it was no surprise he acted as founding chairman of the Interprovincial Sport and Recreational Council and was on the board of the Canadian Olympic Association. As a result, he facilitated, developed and helped direct the association’s support program for the Canada Games and Canada's athletes participating in the 1976 Olympic Games. The program was celebrated by Olympians, as many of whom would not have been able to compete without the program’s success.
By the end of his career, Secord held the prestigious position of Ontario’s Assistant Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation, and had earned a reputation throughout the athletic community and with the Canada Games family as one of the most effective and approachable sports advocates in the civil service, and worthy of induction.