Kamloops, BC – May 12, 2019: The Kamloops Rugby Club has been operating for 51 years, and Paddy Harrington has been a part of it for 43 of them.
It’s fitting, then, that they were inducted into the Kamloops Sports Hall of Fame at the same time.
“To see him inducted is an absolute thrill,” Kamloops Rugby Club President Erin Jensen said. “As a rugby club family we couldn’t be happier for him, and for his lifeblood, the rugby club, to be inducted at the same time, I know he’s ecstatic.”
Over his four-plus decades with the club, Harrington has taken on a number of different roles, from playing and coaching to administration. Harrington, or “Yoda” as he’s better known to the members of the club, has seen the sport of rugby change dramatically over such a long relationship with the KRC.
“It’s a great sport; it has changed and it’s definitely faster now,” Harrington said in a 2010 interview. “Just the same, it’s a game we really enjoy playing. . . . You always have friends in this game, no matter where you are.”
He’s also seen two players from the club – Garth Cooke and Garth Fraser – rise through the ranks to play for the Canadian Senior Men’s national team, and five other Kamloops Rugby Club alumni have gone on to represent Canada at some level, so it seemed only right to reward a half-century of excellence with a place in the Kamloops Sports Hall of Fame.
“To be inducted into the [Kamloops] Sports Hall of Fame is really a capstone and a testament to what rugby has been in Kamloops for the past 50 years,” said Jensen.
The ceremony took place on May 11 in Kamloops.