Harold Wright was involved in track and field for many years, first as an athlete and later as an administrator. Over the years, he served as director for numerous sports organizations including the Vancouver Olympic Club, the BC Amateur Sports Council, the BC Sports Hall of Fame, and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. As president of the Canadian Olympic Association, Wright played a major role in Canada’s successful bid for the 1976 Olympic Games. Another considerable achievement was to assist with the establishment of the Olympic Trust of Canada (the COA’S funding arm). Wright was invested as an officer of the Order of Canada in 1977. He is also an inducted member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

A friend of Percy Williams, like the famed Vancouver sprinter Wright competed in the sprint events at the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

After his retirement as an active athlete, he served in countless capacities for various organizations, most prominently as president of the Canadian Field Hockey Association from 1965-69, and, first as a director in 1966, and later as president from 1969-77 of the Canadian Olympic Association.

Wright became a director of the Vancouver Olympic Club in 1969 and was subsequently made a life member. He served as governor of the Olympic Trust of Canada for over two decades beginning in 1970.

He worked as director of the Commonwealth Games Association from 1972-77, and as a member of the Organizing Committee of the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton. From 1970-77, Wright was a member of the organizing committee of the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.