Mark Boswell of Brampton capped his 1999 medal performance by winning a silver medal in the high jump at the IAAF World Championship in Seville, Spain. Not only did he claim silver at the IAAF World Championships, he also set a Canadian record, clearing a personal best 2.35 metres.
Mark, who attends the University of Texas, competed in about 25 meets this past season. Prior to the World Championship, Mark and Canadian teammate Kwaku Boateng shared 1999 Pan American high jump gold.
In addition to winning both the indoor and outdoor National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) titles this past season, he also took a silver medal at the 1999 World University Games in Palma de Mallorca, ESP. His 2.33m win at the 1999 NCAA Championship tied the Canadian outdoor record set by Milt Ottey (1986).
Mark won the World Junior high jump championship in Sydney, Australia in 1996 with a personal best performance of 2.24m. He became the first and only Canadian to ever win the World Junior Championship.
Mark was also the Canadian Junior high jump champion in 1996 (2.20m).
Mark, who grew up in Jamaica, came to Canada in 1988 and started his high jumping career at Central Peel Secondary School. He is a member of the Lightning Track and Field Club and is coached by Dan Pfaff of the University of Texas and Gary Lubin of the Lightning Track and Field Club.
Inducted November 24, 1999