James Worrall, Class of 1998

James Worrall

Inducted into the hall of fame - Sep 17, 1998

James Worrall was inducted to the McGill Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.

Worrall was born on June 23, 1914 in Bury, near Lancashire, England. He emigrated to Canada in 1922 and attended Montreal High School before graduating from McGill with a bachelor of science in 1935.

He subsequently graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School and went on to practice law in Toronto. Worrall was the Canadian team flag bearer at the 1936 Berlin Olympics opening ceremonies, where he ran in the 110m and 400m hurdles.

He also competed at the 1934 British Empire Games in London where he won silver in the quarter mile hurdles. At McGill, he was a track and waterpolo star, leading the Redmen to four consecutive track championships from 1931 to 1935. He held several Canadian intercollegiate records in athletics, running the 120-yard high hurdles in 15.3 seconds and the 220-yard low hurdles in 25.1 seconds.

During the war, Worrall served in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was closely associated with the development of amateur sport in Canada for over five decades, both as an athlete, official and administrator.

He was president of the Canadian Olympic Association from 1964 to 1968 and member of the International Olympic Association from 1967 to 1989.

Worrall was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada in 1976, was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1987 and was inducted as a builder in the Olympic Hall of Fame in 1991.