About Gerald McGavin
Gerald was an extremely talented rugby player and he acknowledges that many of his coaches were a very positive influence on him as he grew up. He started playing rugby at Shawnigan Lake School on Vancouver Island where he was coached by the famous Derek Hyde-Lay. Hyde-Lay proved to be one of the coaches who made a significant impact on Gerald’s life, both on and off the field. Gerald continued playing rugby at U.B.C. where he would earn a Bachelor of Commerce. While studying at U.B.C., Gerald won his first selection to represent the Senior Men’s Provincial Team. He would go on to play for his province on numerous occasions from 1957 to 1962 against teams like: the Barbarians, Australia, Eastern Canada, the British Lions, and New Zealand Universities. He would also earn a selection to represent Canada on a tour of Britain. Unfortunately, Gerald would have to decline the selection due to the time commitment of being away with the team for three straight months.
Outside of rugby, Gerald has been a leader in the business, professional and cultural community of Vancouver and the Province of B.C. for almost 5 decades, serving as a Director of a number of for profit and not for profit organizations. Gerald and Sheahan McGavin have been very generous philanthropists, supporting the arts as well as many other cultural and health related campaigns. Gerald was awarded an F.C.A. in 1990 in recognition of the service and honour he brought to the accounting profession. In October of 1999, Gerald was recognized for his outstanding commitment to his community and was appointed to become a Member of the Order of Canada. In 2006, Gerald was appointed to the Order of B.C., which is the highest form of recognition the Province can extend to its citizens.
Gerald’s involvement with the establishment of endowment funds for a wide variety of organizations across the Province stimulated the creation something unique that would provide recognition of Gerald’s service to so many areas of his life. Due to his love for the sport of rugby, the Gerald McGavin Coaching Award has been created to recognize those rugby coaches who go above and beyond by reaching out to players not only as athletes but also as a positive influence on their lives outside of rugby. Rugby coaches can play a significant role in shaping the minds of young athletes both on and off the field, and the recipients of these awards will have done just that.