Six New Members to be Inducted into Sports Wall of Fame

The North Cowichan/Duncan Sports Wall of Fame honours the rich history of sports, coaches, athletes, teams, administrators and builders from our community. Updated every two years, the Wall of Fame recognizes individuals and teams that have made great achievements or contributed significantly to athletics locally, within the Province, Country, or the World.

The Sports Wall of Fame will have six new inductees in 2019. Inductees will be honoured at a ceremony on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the Cowichan Golf and Country Club. Tickets to the event will be available after September 3 by calling 250.746.3100.

The 2019 Wall of Fame inductees are:

  • Roselyn & Wes Craig – curling
  • Fuller Lake Flyers Junior B Teams (1970-1980) – hockey
  • Patrick Kay – rugby
  • Brian McKinlay – fastball
  • Ted Webb – basketball 

In addition, an Outstanding Community Award will be issued to the Board 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); and,
  • 2018 BC Summer Games.

The Cowichan Valley has hosted four major Games and each time has raised the bar higher in delivering an exceptional experience for athletes, coaches, officials and spectators.  Each Board of Directors and the thousands of community volunteers ensured that the Games were successful and this award recognizes their contributions to sport and our community.

“Sports has played a pivotal role in shaping our community,” says Councillor Tek Manhas, Chair of the Sports Wall of Fame Nomination Committee. “The Sports Wall of Fame provides an opportunity for us to celebrate past and present athletes, coaches and builders and the contributions they’ve made to our community. I’d like to congratulate this year’s inductees on their amazing achievements."    

The Sports Wall of Fame is located in the lobby of the Cowichan Aquatic Centre and individuals and teams are recognized with a plaque on the Wall.

Background on 2019 Inductees

Roselyn & Wes Craig – Curling

As curlers, Wes and Roz initially distinguished themselves at the club level at bonspiels around the Province. They soon began tasting success at the Provincial level, and then nationally and internationally. The list of titles they garnered over a sustained period of time is truly remarkable. Wes was a 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.  Roz’s resume includes winning the 2008 and 2010 Provincial Sr. Women’s, 2018 Provincial Master Women’s, 2008 and 210 Canadian Sr. Women’s and 2009 and 2011 World Sr. Women’s Championships.

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

In 1968, Fuller Lake Arena officially opened and minor hockey provided new opportunities for budding players in the Cowichan Valley. In 1970, the Fuller Lake Flyers Junior B team was formed and made up of local players ages 16 to 20. The team was instantly popular and peaked in 1973 where 1200 spectators filled the Arena to watch the Flyers in the League final versus the Juan de Fuca Gulls. The games were broadcast on CKAY radio and names such as Hollett, Wriggesworth, Meyers, Adams, Ellison, Bodger and Mitchell became household names on those teams.      

Patrick Kay – Rugby

In the prime of his career, Patrick has already reached extraordinary accomplishments in the Rugby world. He has already represented Canada on the national stage in 181 games and amassed 265 points and 41 tries. His awards include the 2010 Cowichan News Leader Young Athlete of the Year, 2014 Rugby Canada Young Player, and 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 1950’s and 1960’s. Brian was a hard throwing right handed hurler with pinpoint accuracy who dominated on the mound and at the plate. 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, he also led the league with a staggering .468 batting average. In 1967, Brian joined the Nanaimo O’Keefes team to win 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 natural athlete, Webb coached volleyball and basketball for over twenty years. He was instrumental in creating very successful summer camps and development programs throughout North Cowichan. 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 Ol’ Hustlers Oldtimers Hockey Club, which has since raised more than $60,000 for a variety of community causes, including therapeutic riding at Providence Farm and the ALS Society.

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