Jason Tunks attended Banting Secondary School in London. John Allen, the Track Coach saw Jason in the hall one day and said, “Son, you could be my new champion in the Discus Throw.” Jason took on the challenge. After a great high school career, he attended Southern Methoodist University in Texas on a Track Scholarship.
Here’s what happened following that:
3 Olympic Appearances – Atlanta in 1996, Sydney in 2000 and Athens in 2004
5 World Championship Appearances in 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2005
3 Commonwealth Game Appearances – He received a Bronze medal at Kuala Lumpur in 1998, a Silver at Manchester in 2002, and a Silver at Melbourne in 2006.
2 Pan American Appearances – He received a Bronze at Winnipeg in 1999 and a Gold at Santo Domingo in 2003.
He also appeared in the World Cup in Athletics in Madrid and the Goodwill Games in New York and Brisbane.
Jason was the recipient of the Athletics Canada Eric E. Coy award for the best athlete in throwing events (2002-2005). He still holds the Canadian Record for Discus at 67.88 metres.
Jason is now retired, lives in London, and operates a fitness centre called Olympic Fitness.
The London Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to name Jason Tunks as a 2012 inductee in the athlete modern category.