Gord has had an outstanding career as an athlete and as a coach. His football career started in high school for the Nutana Collegiate Blues from 1959 to 1961. He moved up to the Junior Hilltops and played with them from 1962 to 1965. He performed for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies from 1966 to 1969. During his career, he earned seven all-star ratings, was selected as the league's most valuable player and in 1969, was nominated for the Hec Creighton Trophy. For four consecutive years he was named athlete of the year for the Huskies.
In wrestling, for the U of S Huskies, he won four conference championships, three Canadian intercollegiate titles and was amateur champion in 1969. He represented Canada at the 1968 Mexico Olympics and the 1969 World championships. Gord's coaching career began in 1970 at Lakehead University. From 1973 to 1976, he coached Canada's wrestling teams in the World cup, Commonwealth Games, world championships and the 1976 Montreal Olympics. He returned to Saskatoon in 1980 and was named the U of S coach of the year in 1985 and 1986.
In 1986, he was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.
" You have to learn to sleep. You have to learn to relax. Stay loose. Smile. You have all that you need. " -- National team wrestling coach Gord Garvie talking with an athlete during the 1976 Olympics