Nineteen years ago, a crippling accident put Robert C. Hawkes into a wheelchair. This method of transportation has never retarded the indomitable spirit of this truly great athlete. In fact, this outstanding, many times member of the United States Paralympic team, has participated in hundreds of competitive sports events throughout the entire world. At Rome, Italy, in 1960, he was first in the 50-meter breast stroke, with a time of one minute and five seconds, second in the 50-meter back stroke at one minute, nine and nine-tenths seconds, and third in the 50-meter crawl at one minute and fourteen seconds. He put the shot seventeen feet, five and a quarter inches, and threw the discus fifty three feet, one and a half inches, for a pair of fourth place finishes in England. This International competition has taken Bob Hawkes to South Africa, Israel, Japan, Austria, and many other countries, participating in other evens such as the pentathlon, the javelin throw, archery, and team basketball. As recently as 1975 he placed fourth in the individual medly swim, the freestyle, and a fifth place in the breast stroke. He is the current holder of the pentathlon and the precision javelin throw. Bob was inducted into the National Wheelchair Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1972, and when not in actual competition, is Director-Therapist at the Regional Learning Center, Bangor, Maine.
Maine Sports Hall of Fame
P.O. Box 2
Cumberland, ME 04021
Phone (207) 807-7666
The Maine Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1972 for the purpose of: 1) appointing and bestowing recognition awards and scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes; and, 2) to formally honor and memorialize Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and honor to the state of Maine.