Kelowna, BC: Okanagan rugby legend Robert 'Ro' Hindson will be inducted
into the BC Rugby Hall of Fame on August 12th in a ceremony held at the
Delta Grand Hotel in Kelowna.
Originally from Naramata, BC,
Hindson played lock for Canada on 31 occasions over a 17-year span,
playing his first international game against Wales in Toronto in the
summer of 1973. He was Canada’s most capped player for many years, in a
time when Canada only played two or three international test matches a
year. Hindson also played on several occasions for Canada at the Hong
Kong Sevens tournament, and was the only Canadian to be selected to the
Southern Hemisphere Barbarian Tour of South Africa in 1987.
was recognized internationally for his jumping ability in lineouts, in
an era where ‘lifting’ was penalized. His running skills and ‘fifth
gear’ made him a very difficult athlete to tackle. He was also an
accomplished goal kicker, an uncommon skill for a rugby forward. Even
forty years ago, Ro’s ‘toe-punch’ style of kicking was a throw-back
method for kicking at goal.
“Ro’s athletic accomplishments are
well known to anyone who played rugby in the 1970’s and 80’s,” said BC
Rugby Chief Executive Officer Jeff Sauvé. “Ro is a BC Rugby legend and
we are proud to add this outstanding international player from the
Okanagan to our BC Rugby Hall of Fame.”
Tickets for the August
12th dinner are available from the Central Okanagan Rugby Enthusiasts
(CORE). Tickets are $75 and include a ticket to the Canadian Rugby
Championship game to be played at the Apple Bowl the next day.
Contact Doug Manning (firstname.lastname@example.org) to purchase a ticket or table.
(Central Okanagan Rugby Enthusiasts) promotes the growth and
development of rugby in the Central Okanagan. Its primary goal is to
develop a strong infrastructure for rugby in the Central Okanagan, with
the long-range goal of increasing the number of local players to 3,000
by 2020. CORE also seeks to introduce rugby sevens and touch rugby to
the region, create a sustainable financial base for excellence in the
sport, and re-connect former players and other local rugby fans with the
game they love.
Doug Manning, Central Okanagan Rugby Enthusiasts