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Dr. Syd Sude

This senior athlete has turned the Canton Hall of Fame Regional Senior Olympics into his own personal showcase. A U.S. master’s swimmer since 1983, Syd Sude first gained attention in senior events in 1986 when he captured 11 of 12 events he entered in the Canton Regional while competing in the 65-70 year-old division. He not only won in his specialty, the freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke swimming events, the Akron optometrist was victorious in the discus, shot put, football and softball throws and basketball free throw shooting. In 1993 and ’94, while Sude was competing in the 75-79 year-old division, he again destroyed his competition in Canton. In ’93 he picked up 11 gold medals and was voted the most outstanding athlete of the meet. The following year he increased his gold medal count to 14 and qualified in 9 events for the Ohio Senior Olympics. A native of New Jersey, Sude came to Akron during World War II while serving in the U.S. Navy. He liked it so well that he stayed and played basketball at The University of Akron before earning his degree in optometry from Ohio State. In 1988 Sude was inducted into the Akron Jewish Center Hall of Fame.

Inducted 1995 | Swimming, Track & Field