Primrose, John

John Primrose

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Biography

Trap shooter John Primrose made his first of six consecutive Olympic appearances at Mexico City 1968 (was named to Moscow 1980 but did not compete). He had three top-10 results finishing seventh at Munich 1972 and Montréal 1976, and eighth at Mexico City 1968. He is one of only 15 shooters to compete at six Olympic Games.

Having competed at more than 25 World Championships, Primrose is a three-time medalist being crowned world champion twice winning the trap title in 1975 and 1983, and a trap team silver in 1975. Primrose won his first major international medal at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch where won the gold medal in the trap and then enjoyed a beer with HRH Prince Phillip afterwards. In 1978, he successfully defended his Commonwealth title in front of the home crowd in Edmonton in what is one of the great highlights of his shooting career. Primrose is the only Canadian male to have captured World and Commonwealth titles, and he did it twice. All four of his Pan American Games medals were in the trap team event with three silver medals (1975, 1987, 1995) and one bronze (1979). 

A natural athlete, Primrose competed in golf, badminton and volleyball while a student at the University of Alberta (UoA). After graduating with a degree in physical education and education, he taught for a while in Edmonton and Ottawa, returning to Alberta in 1968 to pursue a Master’s of Science in exercise physiology at UoA. After retiring from international competition, Primrose stayed very involved in the sport, puttered in the property market and had a hobby farm. The son of Justice Neil Primrose, he is the grandson of a former lieutenant governor of Alberta, Philip C.H. Primrose.

Amongst his many tributes, Primrose is the recipient of the 1977 Benito Juarez Title, the 1982 Shooting Federation of Canada Golden Anniversary Award and the 1984 Tribute to World Championships Award. He was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 1974 after winning his first Commonwealth gold medal in New Zealand, Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1975, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1977 and the University of Alberta Sports Wall of Fame in 1993. In 1985, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

Olympic Highlights

Games Sport Event Finish
1968 Mexico City ShootingTrap - Mixed8
1972 Munich ShootingTrap - Mixed7
1976 Montreal ShootingTrap - Mixed7
1984 Los Angeles ShootingTrap - Mixed16
1988 Seoul ShootingTrap - Mixed18
1992 Barcelona ShootingTrap - Mixed33