9th Place, Men’s Rapid-Fire Pistol 25m
1956 Olympic Games
John Beaumont joined the Outrigger in 1938 as a teenager and grew up involved in all activities of the Club. He was on the winning Senior Men’s crew in the very first Macfarlane Canoe Regatta in 1943 (which was coached and steered by Olympian Duke Kahanamoku) and played on Club volleyball teams.
John was in ROTC at the University of Hawaii when World War II started, and after graduating from the Merchant Marine Academy, became a deck officer for the rest of the war. He joined the newly organized Hawaii Air National Guard and spent the next 30 years as a full-time member, retiring as a Major in 1986.
In the Guard, John became an expert pistol shot, winning numerous local tournaments. He did so well locally that he was sent to the national pistol championship at Camp Perry, Ohio in 1956. Beaumont finished second with 1,729 out of 1,800 points, earning his spot on the U.S. Olympic Shooting team.
In Melbourne, John competed in the 25-meter rapid fire pistol event and shot 572 out of a possible 600 for a ninth-place finish, the highest of all Americans.
Beaumont was inducted into the OCC Winged “O” in 1981.