Earl (Tommy) Thomson, born near Birch Hills, was regarded as one of the finest hurdlers in North America. He won the gold medal in the 100‑metre hurdles in the Olympic Games at Antwerp, Belgium in 1920, equalling his own world record time of 14.8 seconds. He was the holder of the 110‑yard high hurdles world record (14.4 seconds) that stood for 11 years.
Thomson was considered one of the world’s fines track and field coaches during a 36‑year career at the United States Naval Academy. He is a member of the Helms Track Hall of Fame and the Canadian AAU Hall of Fame. He was installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame on March 30, 1974.
Inducted into the Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.