Above is a photograph of the 1936 Canadian Olympic team as they parade for the opening ceremonies of the XI Olympiad. The gentleman carrying the flag* is James Worrall, a hurdler who failed to make it out of the first heat in either the 110m or 400m hurdling events. But his Olympic career did not end there. He would spend five decades as a leader of Canada’s Olympic movement not only as president of the Candian Olympic Committee (COC) but as a member of the planning committees for the 1976 Montréal Games and the 1988 Calgary Games.
He was elected to the Olympic Hall of Fame in 1991. Mr. Worrall passed away at 97, the oldest living Olympic athlete in Canada.
(Image courtesy of the Toronto Star.)
*The flag that Mr. Worrall carried was this: The familiar “Maple Leaf” wasn’t adopted until 1965. Image courtesy of CRW Flags