Inducted November 3, 1990
As Claude Anstey said in 1986, “If one looks back to the first years that the Government established the physical fitness division, one would have to look at Mr. Graham Snow as a ‘builder’ for many sports in this province to where it is today.” Clearly Graham provided the initial organizational direction and support for most sports in the province in the early 1960s.
He played a key role in the early negotiations to have the NAHA join the CAHA. The results of this partnership led to improved access to coaching and certification programs so vital to the growth of hockey in the province at that time. He was the first Director of Sports and Recreation in the province. In this role he was instrumental in organizing a number of sport governing bodies such as the High School Athletic Federation in 1968, the Sports Federation in 1969 and the Parks and Recreation Association in 1970. He acted as Chef-de-Mission for Newfoundland’s participation in the Canada Games for 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973 and 1975. He also made a major contribution in the establishment of the first Newfoundland Games held in the Summer of 1972 and the Winter of 1974.
Graham served on many sport executive committees such as the St. John’s Basketball Association, the St. John’s Athlete of the Year Committee, the Provincial High School Athletic Federation, the Canadian Lacrosse Association and CAHPER.
Graham received many Honor and Special Service Awards during his lifetime; clearly a recognition and confirmation of his worthwhile and important contribution to sport in the province when it was needed most.