Photo courtesy of Mark Kinskofer
VANCOUVER - The British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame will induct nine individuals and one team as part of its 2013 class.
“The 2013 Class of Inductees to be honoured by the BC Sports Hall of Fame showcases the best of the best in BC sport,” said Marion Lay, Honoured Member and chair of the Selection Committee, “Our selection committee did an outstanding job of sifting through over 100 nominations, we truly thank them and the members of the public who take the time to submit nominations.”
Induction recognizes excellence in sport, contribution to sport and the impact on sport in British Columbia, in the categories of athlete, team, builder, media, pioneer, and W.A.C. Bennett. After extensive review, discussion and debate, the Selection Committee submitted their recommendations to the Board of Trustees of the BC Sports Hall of Fame who confirmed the 2013 slate of inductees. The Selection Committee is comprised of thirteen individuals representing the BC sport community at large, members of the BC Sports Hall of Fame Board of Trustees and the media.
Honoured Member Tom Larscheid announced the 2013 induction class today in the revitalized Hall of Champions of the BC Sports Hall of Fame. The 2013 induction class includes: In the athlete category, five athletes - Kevin Alexander (lacrosse), Dawn Coe-Jones (golf), Brent Hayden (swimming), Robert ‘Ro’ Hindson (rugby), and Peter Reid (triathlon). In the builder category, Kathy Shields (basketball) and Ken Shields (basketball) have been selected. Selected for induction in the pioneer category is Larry Kwong (ice hockey) and in the W.A.C. Bennett category, Pat Quinn (ice hockey).
The 1965 Ocean Falls Amateur Swimming Club has been selected for induction in the team category (swimming) and Larry Isaac has been selected for induction in the media category.
The 2013 Inductees will be formally inducted to the BC Sports Hall of Fame at the 45th Annual Banquet of Champions presented by Canadian Direct Insurance at the Vancouver Convention Centre on September 19, 2013.
About Ro Hindson
Robert 'Ro' Hindson was indcuted into to the BC Rugby Hall of Fame in August, 2011. 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 in a time when the national team 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.
"Rugby allowed me to see the world in different ways that you probably wouldn't get to as an individual. I met lots of people and made great friends," Hindson said during his induction ceremony video. "I liked thinking at least, that I was able to hold my own against these people from around the world and give the odd one of them a little bit of a thrashing now and then. [I enjoyed] the team work and the aggression and the contact and the good times afterwards."
Hindson 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 40 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.”