By Andy Watson, Vikes Communications
VICTORIA, B.C. (ISN) – The Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame (GVSHOF) and the University of Victoria Department of Athletics and Recreation are pleased to announce local track runner Patrick Psotka as the second winner of the Bate Family Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame Award.
Psotka is the second Vike to win this award, first awarded in 2010-11 to Vikes swimmer Julia Schmidt.
David Bate, whose family has created the generous award, said he remembered leaving Victoria to attend McGill on a full scholarship and left with a belief that he needed to leave town to get a great student and educational experience.
“A year later I was back and spent the next eight years at the University of Victoria getting a world-class education, while living in one of the best communities in the world,” said Bate who is currently living in South Africa where he works as an investment banker. “The University of Victoria is an important part of our community. Athletics is an important part of our community. Kids graduating from Victoria-area high schools shouldn’t have to move away from home to obtain an education and advance their athletic ambitions.”
Bate said he believes it is important to support his alma mater.
“The University of Victoria needs the financial firepower and community platform to attract local athletes to its teams,” Bate said. “Hopefully this award marks the beginning of a greater opportunity for local kids to get a world-class education while playing on varsity teams at UVic. And, hopefully, their contributions help these teams perform well and enhance Victoria’s long legacy of athletic achievements that continues to make Victoria one of the best communities to live in, in the world.”
“The GVSHOF is grateful to David Bate and the University of Victoria for establishing the award, which is to be presented annually to a highly achieving student from Victoria who has been accepted into the Vikes athletics program,” said Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame president Nick Tuele. “The award is a significant undertaking for the GVSHOF in its efforts to raise its profile in the community and to encourage young athletes to aspire to the highest levels of accomplishment in their chosen sport. The GVSHOF honours the most outstanding athletes at the end of their careers (by inducting them) into the Hall of Fame, but we also encourage the next generation of individuals who may one day be honoured for bringing distinction to themselves, their sport, their community and their country.”
“The GVSHOF is pleased to be able to assist Patrick in his educational pursuits and toward a successful career after graduation,” Tuele said.
Psotka, a graduate of Oak Bay Secondary, was recently selected from a number of candidates to become the second student-athlete to receive the award. He is a Vikes track runner and commerce student.
Bate Family Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame Award – Past Recipients
2011-12 Patrick Psotka, Track Oak Bay High
2010-11 Julia Schmidt, Swimming Lambrick Park Secondary