• Badminton
  • 2009
  • Builder

Lorne Wortman (D)

Lorne Wortman of Moncton is a builder of badminton in New Brunswick who has played significant roles on the national and world stages of the sport. He has been involved in everything from umpiring, organizing tournaments and running clinics in his hometown to serving as President of the Provincial, Maritime and National Associations in a career that has spanned nearly 40 years.

Wortman was also on the board of the Pan-American and International Federations. He brought national competitions to New Brunswick and organized tours of top international players, tributes to his dedication and organizational skills. He edited the International Badminton Magazine for a two-year period. Lauded by his peers for his support and promotion of the sport, Wortman was awarded the Meritorious Service Award by the International Badminton Federation in 1990.

Enrolled in the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, June 6, 2009.

Quick Facts

  • First President of the New Brunswick Badminton Association
  • NB’s representative in the Canadian Badminton Association from 1965 to 1983 (18 years) as well as serving three years as the Association’s President (1975 to 1978)
  • Organized and ran tournaments, junior training camps, umpiring and coaching clinics in Moncton
  • Arranged coaching seminars for the Atlantic Provinces
  • Served as President of the Maritime Badminton Association in 1964 – 1965
  • Brought the 1976 Canadian National Championship to the Université de Moncton
  • Arranged the first Pan American Badminton Championship in 1976
  • Organized tours of international players in New Brunswick and other parts of Canada
  • A member of the International Badminton Federation Council from 1976 to 1982
  • Editor of “World Badminton” magazine from 1978 to 1979
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