An active racquets player all his life, George Morfitt won more than seventy provincial, national and international squash tournament titles in open and masters events. In addition, he contributed greatly to the sport at the administrative level for many years. He was twice named BC’s “Master Athlete of the Year” (1977 and 1978), and in 1977 was awarded the Queen’s Silver Jubilee medal for service to squash. In 1979, he was named “Canadian Executive of the Year for Amateur Sports”.
Morfitt was the driving force behind the establishment of the BC Squash Racquets Association and served as the organization’s vice-president (1967-69), president (1969-72), and secretary (1972-75). During this time BC first hosted the Canadian squash championships, the first junior tournament in BC was established, and BC players achieved the number one national ranking.
Morfitt served as president of the Canadian Squash Racquets Association (CSRA) from 1976-78—the first president that was not a resident of Ontario or Quebec. While president of CSRA, he was responsible for establishing squash facilities in every Canadian province, and saw Canada host the world amateur squash championships, the first time it had been held in North America.
Morfitt was responsible for ensuring that national senior and junior teams competed on a regular basis, for integrating previously segregated women’s and men’s squash programs, and for integrating hardball (North American) and softball (international) squash programs.
Internationally, he served as Canadian delegate to the International Squash Racquets Federation (ISRF) and chairman of the ISRF Rationalization Committee. In addition he served as chairman of the BC Advisory Committee to the Physical Fitness and Amateur Sports Fund (1978-81), as director and treasurer of Sport BC (1978-79), as a director of the Canadian Olympic Association, as president of the BC Tennis Association (1963), and as a qualified BCTAumpire.
Information retrieved from the BC Sports Hall of Fame