Tony Badowski

In 1999, Tony Badowski was playing slo-pitch in the Lower Mainland Seniors League when two of his teammates told him they were going to a track and field meeting for seniors.  Tony attended with them, and immediately decided to join the newly formed Tri-City Greyhounds Track and Field Club (name later changed to Greyhounds Masters Track and Field Club).

Tony would become a very important member of the Greyhounds.  In 2000, he became the vice president, a position he held until 2011, when he became the club president.  Under Tony's leadership, with the skills he learned as a Staff Sergeant for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Greyhounds developed and matured from simple beginnings into a very successful Masters Club.  In 2006, Tony incorporated the Greyhounds as a non-profit Society and wrote the club's first constitution.  In 2009, he suggested that the club produce a website, which has undergone several improvements over the years.  Tony also acted as a fundraiser, obtaining donations from a few private companies but mostly receiving grants from the BC Gaming Commission.  And in 2013, Tony was instrumental in writing the club's initial Code of Conduct for our members.

Tony competed in the sprints, jumps and hurdles, and won many medals in the M55, M60 and M65 age groups, before retiring from competition in 2012.  From 2000 to 2008, Tony competed in seven BC Seniors Games and won 49 medals (25 gold, 19 silver and 5 bronze), including 9 medals at the 2006 Games in Abbotsford and 6 gold medals at the 2008 Games in Prince George.  When Kamloops hosted the Canadian Masters Championships in 2009, Tony won three gold medals on the first day of competition (M65 100m, 400m and long jump), but withdrew from the second day due to injury. Tony did not compete in many indoor meets, mainly because there was no indoor track and field facility in BC.  That is, not until Kamloops hosted the first-ever BC Masters Indoor Championships in 2008.  Here he won three gold medals in the M65 60m, 200m and 400m, and he would duplicate this feat the following year.  And when Kamloops hosted the Canadian Masters Indoor Championships in 2011, Tony won the gold medal in the 60m and silver medals in the 200m and 400m.   

Tony competed in four international meets.  At the 2000 NCCWMA meet in Kamloops, Tony won a silver medal in the 100m and bronze medals in the 200m and 400m.  When Tony turned 60 in 2003, he travelled to Puerto Rico to compete in the World Masters Athletics Championships and came home with a gold and a bronze medal in the 4x400m and 4x100m relays, and just missed two more medals when he finished fourth in the 400m and 300m hurdles (only 0.02 seconds from third).  Unfortunately Tony was recovering from an injury when he attended the World Masters Games in Edmonton, in 2005, but he still won a silver medal in the only event he competed in, the 300m hurdles.  When the World Police and Fire Games were hosted by Vancouver in 2009, Tony won gold medals in the 100m, 200m, 300m hurdles and long jump, breaking the M65 Police and Fire Games records in all four events. He broke other individual records, as well as in relays.

He broke individual BC Masters records in the M60 80m hurdles and in the M65 400m (1:04.29), 300m hurdles (52.07) and long jump (4.81m).  Tony was on teams that broke four Canadian Masters Indoor relay records in the M60 and M65 4x200m and 4x400m.  Tony's name is still listed on five Canadian Masters Outdoor relay records in the M55, M60 and M65 4x100m, and M55 and M60 4x400m (gold medal in 4:07.74 at the WMA Championships in 2003).  Four of these Canadian relay records have stood since 2000 to 2003. 

But his most significant relay record is the World Indoor Record that his Greyhounds team broke in 2008.  Tony ran the opening leg of the M60 4x400m relay, followed by John Winfield, Sewa Birring and Harold Morioka, who crossed the finish line in 4:13.30, beating the listed world record of 4:14.76 that an American team ran in 2005.

In 2016, the Greyhounds made Tony a Lifetime Honouree Member and in 2017, for his many years of exceptional service to the club, presented Tony with the first-ever Les Robson Service Award.