New Members Inducted into Sports Wall of Fame

(North Cowichan, BC) New inductees were added to the North Cowichan Duncan Sports Wall of Fame at induction ceremonies held on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the Cowichan Golf and Country Club.

Joining the accomplished list of Sports Wall of Fame members are:

  • Roselyn & Wes Craig
  • Fuller Lake Flyers Junior B Teams (1970-1980)
  • Patrick Kay
  • Brian McKinlay
  • Ted Webb

In addition, Outstanding Community Achievement Awards were presented to the Boards of Directors and Community Volunteers from the following major Games hosted in Cowichan:  

  • 1991 BC Winter Games
  • 2005 BC Senior Games
  • 2008 North America Indigenous Games (NAIG)
  • 2018 BC Summer Games

Biographies of new inductees:

Roselyn & Wes Craig – curling

Roselyn and Wes are two of the Cowichan Valley's and British Columbia's most decorated curlers - not only at the local club level, but also at the Provincial, National and International levels. Together, they have appeared in over 70 Provincial, 11 Canadian and 3 World Championships. The list of titles they garnered over a sustained period of time is truly remarkable.

Roselyn's achievements include winning the 2008 and 2010 Provincial Sr. Women's, 2018 Provincial Master Women's, 2008 and 2010 Canadian Sr. Women's and 2009 and 2011 World Sr. Women's Championships.

Wes was the Provincial Senior Men's champion four times (2010, 2014, 2015 and 2017) and a Provincial Mixed Champion three times (2001, 2015 and 2017). The 2001 Mixed championship team included his wife, "Roz."

Both Roselyn and Wes have devoted volunteer time to develop the junior curling program at Kerry Park Recreation Centre, Roselyn has also coached at both the Provincial and National levels as well as volunteering for many Provincial, National and International events.

Fuller Lake Flyers Junior B Teams (1970-1980) – hockey

In 1968, Fuller Lake Arena became the first Cowichan Valley ice arena to officially open its doors to the public. Fuller Lake Minor Hockey Association was established in the first season that the facility opened, and provided exciting new opportunities for budding hockey players in the Cowichan Valley.

Remarkably, only two years after the opening of the new facility, the 1970 the Fuller Lake Flyers Junior B team was formed. Local players aged 16 to 20 made up the Flyers' team and they participated in the highly competitive South Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League. Due to limited ice time, the team played games starting at 8:30 pm on Wednesdays. Despite the late weekday start, the team proved to be an instant success. The team's popularity peaked in 1973 when it played to a capacity crowd of 1200 spectators in the League final against the Juan de Fuca Gulls. The Flyers' home games were also regularly broadcast throughout the Valley on CKAY radio with play-by-play calls by the legendary Dave Rubenstein.

Throughout the team's ten years, the Flyers enjoyed tremendous individual and team successes including perennial all-stars on their roster. The team was comprised of many local brother combinations including Mitchell, Hollett, Wrigglesworth, Meyers, Adams, Ellison and Bodger.

Patrick Kay – rugby

Patrick, a 2011 Cowichan Secondary High School alumni, has already compiled extraordinary Rugby International accomplishments including helping Canada qualify for the 2020 Olympics by winning the Rugby Americas North Sevens tournament in the Cayman Islands in June 2019.

Patrick has represented Canada in Rugby Sevens on the international stage in almost 200 games and nearing 300 points scored including 45 tries. He led Canada to a historic first-ever World Series win at the Singapore Sevens in 2017.

Patrick's awards include the 2010 Cowichan News Leader Youth Athlete of the Year, 2014 Rugby Canada Outstanding Young Player of the Year, and the Stuart Pegg Scholarship Award. In 2014, Patrick was named MVP for Canada's Under 20 Team and presented with the Canadian Rugby Centre of Excellence Player of the Tournament. In 2011, he represented Canada at the Youth Commonwealth Games, and in 2018 at the Commonwealth Games.

Brian McKinlay – fastball

A local fastball legend, Brian played in the golden era of fastball in the 1950s and 1960s.

He was a hard-throwing right-handed hurler with pinpoint accuracy who dominated on the mound.  Brian played on the local Mayo Lumber and Duncan Merchants teams that were part of the Vancouver Island Fastball League. His pitching records were legendary, including, in 1967 going 22 - 2, in 1968 a 13 - 1 record striking out 205 batters in only 120 innings, and followed up with a 14 -2 record in 1969 where he struck out 176 batters.

In that 1969 season, Brian showed that he was truly a complete player and with rare natural abilities by also leading the league with a staggering .468 batting average. In 1967, Brian joined the Nanaimo O'Keefe's team to compete in the BC Senior "A" champions and the Canadian Championships in Saskatoon.

Ted Webb – basketball

Ted was an admired teacher and coach at Cowichan Secondary School for more than three decades. A graduate of Cowichan High School, he was a natural athlete who eventually turned to coaching volleyball and basketball. Cowichan High School has had a rich basketball history and Ted became the longest serving and most successful coach over a two-year span. His passion to his school, the basketball program and his students was undeniable.

Ted was instrumental in reviving the very successful summer hoop camp and development programs throughout Cowichan Valley. He was also a catalyst in establishing the Cowichan News Leader Public Open Tennis Tournament, and was a charter member of the 1984 Cowichan Valley 01' Hustlers Old-timers Hockey Club, which has since raised more than $80,000 for a variety of community causes, including therapeutic riding at Providence Farm and the ALS Society.

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For more information please contact:             

Ernie Mansueti
General Manager, Community Services
Municipality of North Cowichan
T 250.746.3110
ernie.mansueti@northcowichan.ca