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WILF WEDMANN

(British Columbia & Merton 1972) (17 April 1948 - 12 November 2021)

WILF WEDMANN

Wilf was born in Wagenitz, Germany shortly after WW2. As a toddler his mother bravely risked carrying him over 'no-man's land' when his parents escaped East Germany for a safer life. The family settled in east Vancouver.

Wilf excelled in athletics and academics. As a 20-yr old high jumper, he was Simon Fraser University's first Olympian. Later, he became SFU's first Rhodes Scholar, achieving a master's degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford.

He returned to Canada and built a career as a respected change agent and leader. Career highlights include founding the Premier's Sport Awards Program with fellow Olympian Harry Jerome, leadership roles with many national sport organizations, producing a TV series, and coaching high jump. Wilf finished his career as SFU's Athletic Director where he left a legacy of new facilities. Wilf sought to contribute to his community through sport and he challenged most people in leadership roles to think in untraditional ways.