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VICTORIA – The Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame (GVSHOF) and the University of Victoria Department of Athletics and Recreation are pleased to announce University of Victoria Vikes men’s field hockey player, Harbir Sidhu, as the sixth winner of the Bate Family Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame Award.
David Bate started off as a UVic student in the 1980s and now continues to give back to the community with his family through this annual award.
“It is very gratifying to know local athletes with the assistance of scholarships are willing to stay in the greater Victoria area to pursue their athletic and academic ambitions at the University of Victoria,” commented Marilyn and John Bate, whose family created the award in 2010. “We are indeed proud to be supporters of this most worthwhile cause.”
Sidhu is a Mount Douglas Secondary graduate and is currently a first year in the commerce program. The prestige and versatility offered by the Gustavson School of Business and the ability to foster his field hockey skills with the Vikes made UVic an easy choice for the Victoria native. Sidhu is bilingual, also speaking Punjabi, and as such is heavily involved with the Punjab community helping create leaders in the youth and instilling a sense of pride in children towards their culture and heritage through volunteer work and sport.
Starting at the age of six, Sidhu began working his way up the field hockey ladder by participating in various spring and recreational leagues early in his career. He has since captained his respective BC provincial team for two years and has competed in two Canadian national championships. Sidhu was part of the historic Canadian team that won a silver medal at the Youth Olympic Games in 2014. His talents were noticed by the senior coaching staff and he is currently the youngest player training with the senior men’s national team, who are preparing for the Rio Olympics.
Sidhu is the sixth winner of the award, following Michael Baart of men’s soccer in 2014-15. The award was first won in 2010-11 by swimmer Julia Schmidt and then to cross-country and track runner Patrick Psotka in 2011-12. Sarah Douglas of women’s soccer and women’s rower Stephanie Polomark were the winners in 2012-13 and 2013-14, respectively.
For more on the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame, click here.
Bate Family Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame Award – Past recipients
2015-16: Harbir Sidhu, Field Hockey, Mount Douglas Secondary
2014-15: Michael Baart, Soccer, St. Michaels University School
2013-14: Stephanie Polomark, Rowing, Belmont Senior Secondary
2012-13: Sarah Douglas, Soccer, Glenlyon Norfolk School
2011-12: Patrick Psotka, Track, Oak Bay High
2010-11: Julia Schmidt: Swimming, Lambrick Park Secondary
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FHBC is proud to announce the creation of a new financial assistance award within the Field Hockey BC Foundation. Created as a legacy fund in recognition of Pat Hall’s 50 years of service and support to field hockey in Canada, and especially to the development of field hockey on Vancouver Island, the ‘Pat Hall Officials Development Award’ will enable financial assistance in the promotion and development of Officiating for the Vancouver Island field hockey community.
The FHBC Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Field Hockey BC, providing financial assistance and support to athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, and event hosts. If you are considering a charitable donation with tax relief benefits for 2015, perhaps the FHBC Foundation could be a beneficiary. More information including an on-line donation portal can be accessed via www.fhbcfoundation.com.
The Pat Hall Officials Development Award is designed to promote the development of Vancouver Island umpires and technical officials with preference given to members of the Vancouver Island Ladies Field Hockey Association (VILFHA), the Vancouver Island Field Hockey Association (VIFHA), and the Victoria Junior Field Hockey Association (VJFHA).
Field Hockey Canada and the Canadian Men’s National Field Hockey Program have named the Senior Men’s National Team and Development Squad rosters for the 2016 competition year.
In total, thirty-nine athletes from across the country and with a wide range of experience have been named to the two squads. From Victoria forward James Kirkpatrick (28 caps) was named to the senior national team, while Josh Brown and Harbir Sidhu were named to the junior squad.
The National Team roster comprises of twenty-five players from which the majority of competition teams in the year ahead will be selected. All sixteen men who represented Canada at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, where Canada won silver, are on the National Team.
Veterans Scott Tupper (Vancouver, BC), Mark Pearson (Tsawwassen, BC), Philip Wright (Vancouver, BC), Dave Jameson (Vancouver, BC), Richard Hildreth (Vancouver, BC), and Iain Smythe (Vancouver, BC) lead the way in terms of experience, with a combined 1,013 senior international matches played between them.
Rising stars Adam Froese (Abbotsford, BC), Gabriel Ho-Garcia (Burnaby, BC), Devohn Noronha-Teixeira (Mississauga, ON), and Paul Wharton (Vancouver, BC) give the team an infusion of youth, while keepers David Carter (Vancouver, BC) and Antoni Kindler (Vancouver, BC) bring a wealth of experience between the pipes.
The Senior Development Squad is made up of a mix of veteran and young athletes, with junior standouts Amrit Sidhu and Balraj Panesar cracking the squad.
Canada’s men have qualified for the 2016 Olympic Summer Games which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil next August. The majority – if not all – the athletes who will make up Canada’s field hockey team at the competition will be chosen from the athletes named to the rosters below.
In the nine months leading up to Rio, the Canadians have a full schedule of competition in preparation for the Games. First up, the men will compete at the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Hockey World League Final from November 27-December 6 in Rajpur, India.
2015-16 Canadian Men’s Senior National Team
Name Position Hometown Caps
Adam Froese Defender Abbotsford, BC 119
Antoni Kindler Goalkeeper Vancouver, BC 52
Ben Martin Defender Vancouver, BC 83
Brenden Bissett Forward New Westminster, BC 35
David Carter Goalkeeper Vancouver, BC 117
David Jameson Defender Vancouver, BC 231
Devohn Noronha-Teixeira Forward Mississauga, ON 54
Gabriel Ho-Garcia Forward Burnaby, BC 62
Gordon Johnston Defender Vancouver, BC 73
Hudson Stewart Defender Vancouver, BC 82
Iain Smythe Midfield Vancouver, BC 110
Jagdish Gill Midfield Toronto, ON 41
James Kirkpatrick Forward Victoria, BC 28
John Smythe Forward Vancouver, BC 29
Keegan Pereira Forward Ajax, ON 83
Mark Pearson Midfield Tsawwassen, BC 182
Matthew Guest Forward Calgary, AB 102
Matthew Sarmento Forward Vancouver, BC 44
Paul Wharton Midfield Vancouver, BC 53
Philip Wright Midfield Vancouver, BC 143
Richard Hildreth Defender Vancouver, BC 132
Scott Tupper Defender Vancouver, BC 215
Stephen Bissett Forward New Westminster, BC 7
Sukhi Panesar Midfield Surrey, BC 51
Taylor Curran Midfield Vancouver, BC 97
2015-16 Canadian Men’s Senior Development Squad
Name Position Hometown Caps
Adrien d’Andrade Defender Coquitlam, BC 4
Amrit Sidhu Forward Abbotsford, BC
Arif Virjee Midfield Vancouver, BC 7
Balraj Panesar Midfield Surrey, BC
Harbir Sidhu Forward Victoria, BC
Harp Virdi Forward Vancouver, BC 6
Josh Brown Forward Victoria, BC
Justin Dhaliwal Forward Surrey, BC
Leo Bannister Midfield Hamburg, GER 10
Manvir Kingra Defender Surrey, BC 4
Oliver Scholfield Forward Vancouver, BC 16
Sunny Ajula Defender Surrey, BC 4
Tristan Burgoyne Goalkeeper Vancouver, BC
Vikram Sandhu Forward Vancouver, BC
Please note that UVIC has closed the Water-Based turf until it is thawed for Sunday Nov. 29.
The 9:00am game (Marauders vs Rebels 2) is cancelled.
The 10:30am game needs to be assessed upon arrival. The entire pitch must be thawed to be deemed playable.
Updated: as of 8:11 am on Nov. 29
In honour of the recent passing of long-time field hockey contributor John Morrison, a mixed 7-aside tournament is being organized to celebrate John’s contributions to sport , especially with Victoria’s junior development and club culture.
WHEN: November 21st. 5:00 – 7:00 pm UVic Turf 1
If anyone is interested in participating or being involved, please reply to Veronica Planella (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Monday, Nov. 16.
John Morrison, kilt-wearing, golf-obsessed, coffee-loving foodie, fisherman, gardener, athlete and all round “good man” died on Friday, November 6, 2015 at the age of 57. He fought an almost unprecedented 6-year battle with brain cancer after being told he had 12 months to live. John died as he lived, with courage, kindness, spirit and humour.
John was a big-hearted man of many passions. He loved the water, being both in it and on it. Growing up in Vancouver, he spent childhood summers at Sechelt, fishing, swimming, and vowing never to live far away from the ocean. He eventually settled in Victoria with his family. Always into sports, John swam competitively, raced road bikes, and played and coached field hockey. John discovered the joy (and agony) of golf later in life. Golf allowed him to remain competitive, even through his illness, and led to great friendships with his “Posse” from the Cordova Bay Golf Course where he was a fixture.
John graduated from UBC in Microbiology and went on to become a CA, ultimately becoming CFO at Viking Air. When he could no longer work, he directed his energy into volunteering for Junior Achievement and the Victoria Brain Injury Society.
John’s greatest love was his family. He was adoring and proud father to Fiona and Axel, loving husband of 25 years to Daniela, wonderful brother to Jill (Thom) and Maggie (Tom), brother-in-law to Sue (Stephanie) and Katrin (Rich), and devoted uncle to Mack, Maggie, Angus, Cam, Cole and Finn. John will be dearly missed by them and by his many friends, including his golf “Posse”, business colleagues, field hockey teammates and kids he coached.
The family would like to extend the deepest gratitude to all those who cared for John on his journey – his doctors, nurses, hospice caregivers and volunteers, spiritual healers, and the many dear friends who brought John his favorite daily brew, along with a lot of laughs. John’s story is one of will and determination, and the power of love and support from family and friends. John taught us all that the biggest gift to one’s self is a life well lived.
Please join us to celebrate John’s life on Sunday, November 29, 2015 from 2-5pm at the Church and State Winery, 1445 Benvenuto Avenue, Brentwood, Victoria. RSVP to email@example.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Victoria Hospice.