Gene Edworthy is a Calgary-based optometrist with deep sport and community involvement. Since 2001, when he joined the COC Board of Directors, Edworthy has held multiple roles. He has been chair of the Olympic Legacy Coaching Fund since 2001 and from 2007 to 2008 sat on the Governance Committee and Awards Nomination Committee while chairing the 2008 Olympic Hall of Fame Committee.
Edworthy competed for Canada in luge in the mid-1980s, as well as in 10 national luge championships up until 2000. He was Canadian doubles champion in 1991. He is past president of both the Canadian Luge Association and the Alberta Luge Association. At the 1994 Olympic Winter Games, Edworthy was on the support staff of the Fédération Internationale de Luge (FIL). At the Games in Calgary six years earlier, he volunteered in medical services.
He served extensively for WinSport, a very important body for Canadian high performance sport (formerly CODA). A member of WinSport’s board of directors from 1991 to 2002, Edworthy chaired eight different committees while a member of one other. He has also been chair, chairman of the board, vice-chairman and secretary/treasurer for the organization.
While with WinSport, Edworthy chaired the committee that established the National Sport School in Calgary, which has produced 24 Olympic athletes and six medallists. He also chaired the Investment Trustee Committee that oversees the investment of WinSport’s $180 million legacy funds as well as the WinSport Board while it restructured its governance framework.
In civic activity, Edworthy is current or past board member of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede, Education Matters (Calgary Public School Board Foundation), Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Canadian Vision Care, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and both the Alberta College and Alberta Association of Optometrists.
In 1992 FIL awarded him a bronze medal for work in developing the sport internationally. In 2000, WinSport named a luge start training facility “The Edworthy Start” to recognize his work in developing the Ice House at Canada Olympic Park.