Sam Vance

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameSamuel Goodwin "Sam"•Vance
Used nameSam•Vance
Born30 March 1879 in Hickson, East Zorra, Oxford, Ontario (CAN)
Died16 May 1947 in Tillsonburg, Ontario (CAN)
NOC Canada


Samuel Vance won his first Canadian trap shooting championship in 1912 and, by the time he was selected to represent his nation at the 1920 Summer Olympics, had numerous Ontario provincial, national, and international tournament victories to his name. The 1920 Games were a disappointment for the much-heralded shooter: he placed fifth in the team event (alongside George Beattie, William Hamilton, Ben McLaren, James Montgomery, and True Oliver) and failed to medal individually. Four years later, however, he won a silver medal in the team competition, with Beattie, Montgomery, William Barnes, John Black, and Samuel Newton, and was joint-sixth individually. This team also came in third at that year’s British Championships. He continued to participate in, and win, tournaments through the 1930s. Most notably, he became the first Canadian to tie for first place in the prestigious Grand American Handicap in 1935, but lost the shoot-off to J. B. Royall of the United States. By career he was a wholesaler of seeds and he has been inducted into the Trapshooting (1971), Ontario Trapshooting (1981), and Tillsonburg Sports (2006) Halls of Fame.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Shooting CAN Sam Vance
Trap, Men (Olympic) AC
Trap, Team, Men (Olympic) Canada 5
1924 Summer Olympics Shooting CAN Sam Vance
Trap, Men (Olympic) =6
Trap, Team, Men (Olympic) Canada 2 Silver


Date of birth previously given as 6 May 1881 and date of death as 29 December 1976, but they belong to the wrong person.