Jules Sylvain, Canadian weightlifter: 1925-2016
Jules Sylvain (1925-2016) Canadian weightlifter, coach and referee died in Quebec. Jules Sylvain was the very first citizen of the city of Quebec to participate in the Olympic Games (men-women, winter-summer, all sports combined). He was a great athlete who competed in two Olympic Games: 1952 in Helsinki (10th) and 1956 in Melbourne (9th). He held all the records of the British Empire in his bodyweight category. He was also an international referee and served many major events, including the Montreal Olympic Games.
But of Jules what came out most is his great human qualities. He was a gentleman. In the sports world of Canadian weightlifting, everyone agrees that Jules has marked them with his exemplary personality. He was a positive example for the young and the not so young.
He regarded refereeing as life devotion – no better proof is that according to his last wish he was cremated in the official Technical Official uniform. May he rest in peace!
(Source: Yvon Chouinard, Quebec Weightlifting)