Melville Marks Robinson

Melville Marks (Bobby) Robinson (April 8, 1888 - June 6, 1974) founded the British Empire Games, now known as the Commonwealth Games.[1]

Born in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, Bobby Robinson was a sports reporter for the Hamilton Spectator. He attended the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam as manager of the Canadian track and field team, to which he had recruited British Guiana runner Phil Edwards, whose "country" (actually a colony) had no Olympic team; like other countries' teams, this was Canada's first-ever co-ed track and field team.[2]

The Amsterdam Olympics provided Robinson with a venue for the contacts he would need to sell the idea of holding British Empire Games in the "spirit of friendly competition". The first British Empire Games were therefore held in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1930, with Edwards competing for British Guiana.

The community-minded Robinson, who lived near Hamilton on a farm in Burlington, Ontario , (from 1920-1957) would later be appointed to the board of Burlington High School, serving from 1940 to 1963, including as its president from 1950 to 1963. Upon his retirement, a new school, M. M. Robinson High School, was named in his honour.

He died in Burlington on June 6, 1974.[3]


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  2. "'Just give us' the Commonwealth Games in 2030, Canada plans to tell counterpart countries". National Post. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  3. "The Hamilton Gallery Of Distinction". Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-11-06.
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