Rugby great Robert 'Ro' Hindson was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday evening at a ceremony held in Vancouver's Convention Centre Ballroom.
Hindson, who was inducted into the BC Rugby Hall of Fame in 2011, was inducted to the provincial hall of fame along with four other athletes, two builders, one pioneer, one member of the media category as well as the 1965 Ocean Falls Swimming Team.
The list included athletes Kevin Alexander (Lacrosse), Dawn Coe-Jones (Golf), Brent Hayden (Swimming) and Peter Reid (Triathlon). Also inducted were builders Ken and Kathy Shields (Basketball), pioneer Larry Kwong (Ice Hockey) and Larry Isaac (Media).
Pat Quinn received the WAC Bennett recognition.
Ro Hindson BC Hall of Fame Bio:
For eighteen years, when rugby foes looked across the pitch at Canadian and BC teams they were faced with an imposing sight— towering 6’5” Robert ‘Ro’ Hindson. Yet, Hindson was more than simply height.
As one of the best all-round rugby players Canada has ever produced, he could beat you with power, agility, excellent ball skills with both hands and feet, and surprising speed. His unique skill set made him a dominant presence in both the 15-a-side and 7-a-side versions of the game.
When Hindson retired in 1990, he had accumulated a record 31 international caps. Two of those caps were earned representing Canada against Ireland and Wales at the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987. Twice Hindson was selected for international matches overseas alongside players from some of the biggest rugby-playing nations on the planet. In 1974, the Irish Rugby Football Union selected Hindson to play for the Irish Wolfhounds in two matches and as a reserve in a third for the President’s XV against the full Ireland side. Few Canadian players had ever been recognized in this way previously.
Thirteen years later, Hindson was the only Canadian player selected to play for South Pacific Barbarians on a tour of South Africa.