Paul Carson ’61, long-time Sports Information Director at the University of Toronto, and most recently, Executive Assistant to the Dean of the Faculty of Physical Education and Health, has dedicated his career to promoting and preserving the rich sports tradition of the University of Toronto. On June 2, at the U of T annual Sports Hall of Fame ceremony, Carson was honoured with the Thomas R. Loudon Award, created by the Athletic Directorate in 1962 to honour outstanding service in the advancement of athletics. Professor Loudon was the inaugural recipient of the award and was closely identified with athletics at the University of Toronto during his lengthy career.
At U of T, Carson was involved with game operations for both men's football and hockey, and was also a referee for intramural sports. Carson was the scorekeeper at the first Vanier Cup in 1965, and the Vanier Cup Media Officer for 19 years, most recently in 2014. He was Media Officer for the University Cup for seven years and coordinated sports information for 27 Canadian National University Championships hosted by U of T, between 1973 and 1996. During his career, Carson was involved in the operation of more than 100 OUA championship events, and in 2001 managed media services for Canada at the World University Games in Beijing.
In 2004, Carson received a 25-year service award from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and in 2010, he was the first Canadian to receive a CoSIDA lifetime achievement award.
In September 2011, he received a U of T Arbor Award in recognition of his lengthy volunteer service to the University, and in 2013, he received the OUA’s J.P. Loosemore Award in recognition of his administration contribution to university sport. Carson is currently the Chair of the U of T Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee.
On behalf of St. Michael’s College School, we would like to congratulate Mr. Paul Carson on receiving the Thomas R. Loudon Award, and commend him on his many honourable achievements.