UVic’s Sarah Douglas wins Bate Family Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame Award

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By Vikes Communications

March 29, 2013, Vicotia, BC (ISN) – The Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame (GVSHOF) and the University of Victoria Department of Athletics and Recreation are pleased to announce Vikes women’s soccer player, Sarah Douglas, as the third winner of the Bate Family Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame Award.

Douglas, a graduate of Victoria’s Glenlyon Norfolk School, is the third Vike to win this award, first awarded in 2010-11 to Vikes swimmer Julia Schmidt and last year to cross-country and track’s Patrick Psotka.

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.”

In only her first year of play, Douglas was an offensive powerhouse for the Vikes women who went on to capture a bronze medal at the 2012 CIS national championship, hosted at UVic’s Centennial Stadium in November. Douglas was an exciting addition to the forward line that helped the Vikes go 9-2-1 and finish second in the Canada West. Throughout the season Douglas played 10 games, started five and scored six goals, the second highest amount scored on the team.

Douglas is also a nominee for the University of Victoria Vikes’ Female Rookie of the Year. The winners are set to be announced on April 3, at the Victoria Conference Center. More information can be found at http://govikesgo.com/coc

Bate Family Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame Award – Past Recipients:

2012-13 Sarah Douglas, Glenlyon Norfolk School Soccer

2011-12 Patrick Psotka, Track Oak Bay High

2010-11 Julia Schmidt, Swimming Lambrick Park Secondary