E. Wallace W. Watling
Statement of Significance
In recent years the multi-sport performer has given way to the one-sport specialist. There are no such things as sport seasons any longer; as a consequence, versatility has become a relic of another era.
It’s too bad, really, because had he lived at this time, Wallie Watling of Chatham would have been required to give up eight of his sports in favour of specialization in the ninth! Baseball, boxing, basketball, track and field and handball, volleyball and gymnastics, hockey and rugby were his sports; but he also found time to be a husband, father of six, solider, referee, coach, physical director, and mayor.
The category of “all-around athlete” was created especially for those very few who, like Wallie Watling, were Jacks of all Trades, – and masters of many.
Enrolled in the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, June 1, 1985.
- Wallace Watling With Trophies circa 1918
- 1891 Census Chatham
- Wallace Watling Military Personnel Record Part 1
- Wallace Watling Military Personnel Record Part 2
- Wallace Watling Military Personnel Record Part 3
- Wallace Watling Military Personnel Record Part 4
- Wallace Watling Military Personnel Record Part 5
- Alexander Watling Attestation Papers 1914
- George Maxwell Attestation Papers 1916
- James Petrie Watling Attestation Papers 1915
- Jump Into Your Place (LAC C 93227)
- Can you not leave your job for a little? (CWM 19940004-149)
- Alexander Watling Obituary
- Wallace Watling Military Cross Citation 1918
- Christina Watling Obituary 1943
- Sport is Rated Good Training for Army Men (The Globe and Mail, November 11, 1939)