Known as the “Man of Bronze” for his five bronze medals at the Olympic Games, Phil Edwards represented Canada on the highest level in every way. He won bronze at Amsterdam 1928 (4x400m relay), Los Angeles 1932 (800m, 1500m, 4x400m relay) and Berlin 1936 (800m). He was the first recipient of the Lou Marsh Award as Canada’s top athlete in 1936, was the first black athlete to win gold at the British Empire Games (now the Commonwealth Games) and set 13 national records during his athletic career. Edwards served as captain with the Canadian Army in World War II and went on to become a leading physician and tropical disease expert. Shortly after his death in 1971, the “Phil Edwards Memorial Trophy” was established to be presented annually to Canada’s most outstanding track athlete by Athletics Canada.