UBC Thunderbirds to honour Howard Tsumura

UBC Thunderbirds

November 19, 2013, VANCOUVER (ISN) – One of the biggest champions of university and high school athletes in British Columbia will have his turn in the spotlight at UBC on Friday, November 22.

The UBC Thunderbirds varsity program will be honouring Howard Tsumura, a journalist who covers amateur sports at The Province newspaper, for his many years of hard work celebrating the best of sport in B.C. The ceremony will take place at halftime of the UBC-Winnipeg men’s basketball game on Friday night at War Memorial Gymnasium.

“We are honoured to recognize Howard for his exemplary service and support of amateur sport in B.C., especially university sport and the UBC Thunderbirds,” said Theresa Hanson, UBC’s Associate Director, Intercollegiate & High Performance Sport. “He is our very own homegrown champion and it is our privilege to pay tribute to him on Friday night.”

Tsumura has been a sportswriter for the past three decades, including the last 24 at The Province. For most of that time, he has written about the most exciting and compelling athletes and coaches in university and high school sports, including many of UBC’s greatest Thunderbirds.

Each year, the school sports season culminates with The Province’s Head of the Class section, which features profiles on the best high school athletes in B.C. as well as stories on the Coach of the Year and the student winner of the Adversity Award. Tsumura took over the duties of producing Head of the Class in 2004 from colleague Steve Ewen, who began the project four years earlier.

Many current UBC Thunderbirds have been profiled in Head of the Class, including Harleen Sidhu and Kris Young (women’s basketball), Hannah Haughn and Abigail Raye (women’s field hockey) and Rosie Schlagintweit and Alessandra Gentile (women’s volleyball).

In 1995, the Vancouver Grizzlies started play in the National Basketball Association and Tsumura became The Province’s beat writer for the team, a position he held for the franchise’s entire six-year existence in the city.

Tsumura’s coverage of university sport is renowned across Canada. He is a two-time winner of the Canada West’s Fred “Gus” Collins Media Award and took home the national Canadian Interuniversity Sport Fred Sgambati Award in 2009.

The celebration of Tsumura, scheduled for halftime of the UBC men’s basketball game at around 8:30 p.m., will cap off a busy 2013 Coaches Night on campus.

At 6 p.m., coaches are invited to attend a seminar hosted by UBC women’s rugby coach Dr. Maria Gallo and her graduate students presenting functional movement screening, strength and conditioning, coaching effectiveness and leadership and sports nutrition at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre on campus.

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