Newfoundland at the Olympics

Newfoundland was once a British colony, gaining independence nation status in 1855, and remained so until 1934. It is now a province of Canada. Newfoundland never had a NOC and most records do not list then ever having a team at the Olympics. They do however have Olympic history in the marathon event.

There were a couple of Olympic participants from Newfoundland during their time of independence, though not all sources list results of a 'team' from Newfoundland.

Robert (Bob) Fowler was born in Newfoundland in 1882. In 1904 he was living in Massachusetts USA and competed in the marathon as part of the USA team (and again in the Intercalated Games of 1906). He did not take up US citizenship until 1906, therefore he was still a citizen of the Dominion of Newfoundland when he competed in 1904.

Another athlete with claims of competing for Newfoundland at the Summer Olympics was Eric Mackenzie Robertson, who was born and bred in Newfoundland. He competed in the 1920 Antwerp Olympics as a marathon runner. Unfortunately, as there was no Newfoundland Olympic Committee, his amateur status could not be officially confirmed and he had to run for Great Britain.

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