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Catalog Number 2013.55.73
Object Name Video
Title Jim Worrall
Scope & Content Jim Worrall:
01:15Childhood: played sports at school, loved to run & would run rather than walk so naturally went into track, competed in high school, University (McGill), competed at the 1934 BEG and 1936 Olympic Games; during service years in RCAF organized meets for local stations in Ontario
03:351936 Olympic Games: invited by head of the Canadian Olympic team to be the flag bearer, says he was given the post because he was the tallest man on the team, talks about being offered the post for the 1934 BEG but had to beg off as his competition was right after the ceremonies, proud to have been given the honour; his events were the 400m hurdles and the 110m
05:32Athletic career after the Olympics: was teaching at Upper Canada College and developed their track team, ran alongside of his students, did qualify for the 1938 BEG but they were being held in the middle of the school year, which he wanted to finish & then start law school, so declined to go
07:13War years: served 1942-1945
07:39How did you move from law to affiliation with the COA: After war joined law firm, started family; competed in sport to keep in shape, got an invitation from track coach Hector Philips, fellow Olympian, to start up activities locally because things were so flat after the war, convinced the Royal Canadian Legion to sponsor a training programme, he managed the programme, held training and handicapped competitions, got involved with the Olympic Committee which was a branch of the then Amateur Athletic Union of Canada (AAU) which represented several sports, attended meeting to promote Philips as coach for 1948 track team and instead was invited to be the manager; within a year was involved in a completely reorganized COA and went to the 1948 Olympic Games as the Assistant Chef de Mission; also attend 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki as the Assistant Chef and was the Chef de Mission for the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne and the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome; kept involvement with the COA and was elected president in 1961
13:00Challenges as President of the COA: at that time a case of encouraging youngsters to take part in sport, finding funding from various sources, no funding from governments on a continuous basis
14:30Fitness Canada: in 1959 Province of Ontario started a Fitness Study Commission, led by Harry Price, asked to be on it; Federal Government was looking into the possibility a national programme and set up a fitness council (Diefenbaker government), later appointed chair, was in the COA executive at this time and became President in 1961, was involved in the Calgary and Vancouver bids for the Olympic Winter Games and with the Montreal bids
19:40On correlation between competing in sports at an amateur level and at the elite level: has to be an interest at the grass roots level and working up in an inverted pyramid shape to the Olympics, which are the peak of performance; definite correlation; interest of public in health, fitness, training, in the philosophy of good sportsmanship
21:00How important is it that Canada does well internationally: competing to win is legitimate; in order to win at these very high level competitions people have to be trained, dedicated, coached, supported financially, philosophically, publically, an all-enveloping developmental situation; taking part is important
22:26On the amateur status situation in the 1960's: today the word amateur has disappeared and quite properly so, even in the 1960's there were cases where people were paid or helped or subsidized, in his opinion nothing really wrong but it was against the rule of the day, as more athletes and more countries got involved became apparent that they could not become champions without dedicating full time to the process, in most circumstances needed financial assistance, on the other side is the professional sport situation which is the entertainment industry
25:15Were you involved with the Toronto bids: with the first one, by then had retired as the Canada's member to the IOC & been replaced by Dick Pound, who he had recruited, worked hard on the first bid but not involved with the second
25:15On Toronto not being awarded the games: Toronto had possibilities, need for plans and financing for these games, once into the international sphere with differing points of view of IOC members it is very different
26:44On Canada's role in the Olympic Games: Canadians enjoy sport, have respect for those involved in sport; talks about hockey - we can't live without hockey
28:00Canada as a modern, multicultural nation does have a place in international sport, particularly at the Olympic level, Canadians have to realized to develop athletes as competitors who can hold their own as competitors against other countries a lot more attention has to go into the development of athletes at the earlier levels in terms of school, fitness, competition levels; they require financial assistance, educational assistance, and the involvement of others such as parents and coaches; uses Australia as a comparison; should concentrate more on universal development, exercise sport and enjoyment of sport and in developing those who have the capability and the will and the skills to rise up to the podium level
31:33Is there a positive fall-out in hosting the Olympic Games: hosting of the Games has done a lot for the development of the socialized aspect for all the countries who hold them; aware of the cost and the advantages to the cities and countries who host them; talks about Vancouver and Whistler; Canada should keep up and improve, whether we win everything is immaterial
34:14Talks about the Montreal relay torch
35:29Talks about the Calgary relay torch

Year Range from 1936
Year Range to 1990
Subjects COA
1934 British Empire Games
1936 Olympic Games Berlin
1948 Olympic Games London
1952 Olympic Games Helsinki
1956 Olympic Games; Melbourne
1960 Olympic Games Rome
1976 Olympic Games Montreal
James Worrall Flag Bearer Award
Amateur Athletic Union of Canada

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