Jack Purcell, badminton player (b at Guelph 24 Dec 1903;
After defeating top professionals from Canada, England and the United States, he was acclaimed in 1933 the professional champion of the world, retaining his title until retirement in the early 1940s. Following his sports career, Purcell enjoyed a success career as a stock broker at the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Canadian sportswriters chose Purcell in 1950 as one of the outstanding Canadian athletes of the half century. He was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1955, and although he never played in Olympic competition he was nonetheless inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1973.