Whitfield Frederick “Chummy” Hayward
Sportsman, philanthropist, businessman
Born January 22, 1912

Although he was a successful businessman and an accomplished athlete in his own right, Whitfield Frederick Hayward—universally known by his boyhood nickname of “Chummy”—is best remembered as one of the founding fathers of Bermuda’s Olympic movement and a philanthropist who supported a wide range of sporting and community causes. 

In 1934, at age 22, Hayward, along with fellow swimmers John King and Jim Murray, started the move for Bermuda to enter the Olympic Games for the first time.  The International Olympic Committee (IOC) granted approval of the formation of the Bermuda Olympic Committee (now the Bermuda Olympic Association) on February 13, 1936, with leading businessman Sir Howard Trott as its first president.

Hayward remained committed to the Olympic movement throughout his life. He served as president of the BOA from 1960-1972 and wore a gold ring engraved with the Olympic emblem from 1936 until his death.

His office at J. S. Vallis and Co. on Woodland’s Road, Pembroke, was a virtual sporting museum, full of Olympic and sporting memorabilia from around the world, along with numerous awards, letters and tributes.

Such was his reputation that Jesse Owens, the legendary American athlete whom Hayward had befriended at the Berlin Games, was the guest speaker at a BOA testimonial dinner held in his honour in 1973.

 

Rediscovery of the cahow
January 28, 1951

Seven pairs of cahows, long thought to have been extinct, were found on three islands off Castle Harbour—an event hailed by naturalists around the world.

The team that rediscovered the birds was led by Robert Cushman Murphy, curator of birds at the American Museum of Natural History. He was accompanied by Louis Mowbray, curator of the Bermuda Aquarium, and a 15-year-old schoolboy, David Wingate.

The rediscovery of the seabirds which had blanketed the skies by the thousands four centuries ago inspired David Wingate to devote his life to rescuing them  from extinction.

As Government Conservation Officer, he led the restoration of Nonsuch Island into a  nature reserve for the island’s flora and fauna, including the cahow.

SourceBermuda—Five Centuries  by Rosemary Jones

Louis Mowbray, left, and Robert Cushman Murphy with a cahow in 1951.


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