|British Empire Games|
|1938 Sydney||4×440 yards|
After high school, Orr ran for the Washington State University Cougars where he was coached by Karl Schlademan. He worked as a stock boy for $35 a day to get through school in the days before athletic scholarships. The six-foot, 175 pound freshman dazzled his coaches. He went on to eight Pacific Coast North Division titles and an NCAA championship in the 440-yard run. And he and his brother Jack ran with the Cougar relay team that set a world record in June, 1937. Orr was inducted into the Washington Athletic Hall of Fame. 
In 1936 at the Berlin Olympics, he finished fifth in the 200 metre event. He was also a member of the Canadian relay team which finished fifth in the Men's 4 x 100 metres relay. In the 100 metres contest he was eliminated in the first round.
At the 1938 Empire Games he won the gold medal with the Canadian team in the 4×440 yards relay event. In the 440-yard dash competition he was eliminated in the heats.
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