During the winter, Svein Sigfusson worked in northern Manitoba as a fisherman and freight contractor while the summer months were spent in the development of his transportation business.
Sigfusson received national acclaim in his very first track and field competition when he set a Canadian record in the discus event at Sargent Park in 1938. That same year, Sigfusson captured the gold medal in the hammer throw and silver medals in the discus, shot put, triple jump, and javelin events at the Canadian championships in Saskatoon. The Second World War interrupted Sigfusson’s athletic career until 1947 when he took the gold medal in the hammer throw at the Caledonian Games in Vancouver, British Columbia. The following year, Sigfusson competed at the Olympic Trials and won a gold medal in the hammer throw and a silver medal in the discus. His dominance of the field events continued at the 1949 Canadian Championships in Toronto with gold medals in the hammer throw and discus. At the 1950 British Empire Games in Auckland, New Zealand, Sigfusson took the bronze medal in discus. Sigfusson’s impressive record also included at least nine Manitoba championships with eight silver medals and a bronze as well. The Amateur Athletic Union records show that Sigfusson won at least nine Canadian championships during competition from 1938 to 1954 and was named to the All-Canada team for track and field in 1954.
A generous individual, Sigfusson often paid his own way to meets in order to permit other eligible athletes to attend. Sigfusson’s honours went beyond the realm of athletics when he was presented with the Manitoba Centennial Medal in 1970 for his contribution to transportation in northern Manitoba, and was appointed to the Order of Canada in 1974.
b. July 15, 1912
d. September 20, 1992