Growing up in England, this Builder of sport developed a love and appreciation for athletics that he brought with him when he moved to Canada in 1958. Arriving in Thunder Bay in 1970 following some time in Kapuskasing, George went on to volunteer his time and talents to the development of sports in the region for more than 30 years.


Involved in a wide variety of youth athletics through his long-time association with the Royal Canadian Legion Sports Foundation and the Legion Athletic Camp program, it is in the sports of running, track & field and badminton that he is perhaps best known. A coach of badminton and tennis at local clubs and schools, he also enjoyed success as an athlete in both disciplines.


His organizational efforts resulted in the creation of the Legion Mid-Canada Elementary School Teams Cross-Country race which saw 76 boys and girls from Thunder Bay take part in the inaugural event in 1972. Since that time, over 14,000 school aged children, from all across the region, have stood upon the starting line waiting for George to send them on their way as the official starter and Chairman of this popular event for the past 31 years.


An accredited official in badminton and track and field, George has worked tirelessly to provide training for local coaches and officials through seminars and clinics. Chairman of Officials at the 1981 Canada Summer Games in Thunder Bay, he trained and supervised over 80 volunteers in preparation for the event. From 1975 to 2001 George has served as an official at numerous Ontario and Canada Summer and Winter Games travelling all across the country volunteering his time and talents. In 1983 he served as an official at the World University Games and 1993 saw him as a track and triple jump official at the World Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Sky Dome in Toronto.


Over the years George has also played an important role as a mentor, working behind the scenes encouraging young athletes to do their best and often making phone calls or opening doors wherever he could to allow our region's athletes to pursue their dreams making him a true builder of sport.


Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 27, 2003


George Walters

Inducted: 
2003
Sport:
Track & Field
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