Curt Harnett Inducted as Member of the Order of Canada
Canadian track-cycling icon Curt Harnett will be inducted as a Member of the
Order of Canada. This year’s list includes such famous Canadians as William Shatner and Jann Arden. The Order of Canada, one of Canada’s highest civilian honours, recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.
Harnett was inducted for “achieving excellence in the sport of cycling and for his leadership as an advocate for Canadian athletes.” He joins three other cyclists who were previously inducted: Louis Garneau, Clara Hughes and Gordon Singleton.
“I wore the Maple Leaf with great pride. The same pride I feel at this moment. Congrats to my fellow appointees. #proud #humbled,” tweeted Harnett.
Harnett competed at three Olympic Games, winning silver in 1984 (100-metre ITT) and bronze in both 1992 and 1996 (Match sprint). He also notably set a world record in the Flying 200-metre event at 9.865 seconds. Harnett also brought home silver twice from the UCI Worlds (1990, 1995), gold and bronze from the Pan Am Games (1987) and silver twice from the Commonwealth Games (1990, 1994). He also won five gold and three silver medals from World Cup competitions.
Harnett served as chef de mission for Team Canada at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. He was also among the inaugural nine athletes inducted into the Cycling Canada Hall of Fame in 2015.
Curt Harnett at 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta where he won
bronze in the Match sprint.