During a time when Manitoba athletes were making a name for themselves in track and field, Ken Aseltine of Winnipeg was leaping to the forefront. Under the tutelage of fellow 2004 Inducted Member Walter Robertson of the North End Amateur Athletic Club, he was the dominant jumper on the Manitoba athletics scene. Aseltine won three gold medals at the national level including twice in long jump and once in triple jump. He struck gold twice in 1924 when he married Irene and won gold in men’s long jump at the Canadian Championship (outdoor) in Winnipeg. In 1926 at the Canadian Championship (outdoor) in Fort William, Aseltine again won the national men’s title in long jump and also won gold in the men’s triple jump. He was named to the Olympic Team in 1928, but an injury prevented him from going to Amsterdam.
Born at the turn of the century, Aseltine was also the proud father of three children Joan (1931), Murray (1934) and Terry (1946). Following several years of service on a variety of executives he was elected President of the Winnipeg Amateur Athletic Association at their Annual Meeting at the YMCA, taking over from retiring President J.L. Neilson. He made his career as a chartered accountant and worked for the Canadian Wheat Board until his retirement in 1965. A natural athlete, Ken Aseltine was also very active in golf and curling.
b. March 20, 1900
d. August, 1973