According to Canoe Kayak Canada Communications Marketing Officer Ian Miller in an email sent to www.examiner.com, Canoe Kayak Canada paid tribute to Olympic silver medalist John Wood on Tuesday by unveiling a plaque in his honour in Montreal.
Wood, a native of Toronto, won his Olympic medal in the 500m canoeing event at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. He passed away at the age of 62. According to www.sportsreference.com, Wood committed suicide after experiencing years of depression.
The plaque was unveiled at the finish tower of the Olympic Basin where Wood crossed the finish line. Wood's wife and four children attended the ceremony.
Wood also a won a silver medal in the men's pairs canoeing event at the 1977 World Canoe Sprint Championships in Sophia, Bulgaria with Greg Smith of Brantford, Ontario.
Also on Tuesday the John Wood Legacy Fund was launched to support women's canoeing in Canada. Wood believed everyone had an opportunity to pursue canoeing and kayaking in Canada regardless of gender.