Michael Baart named 2014 Bate Family Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame Award

by Elizabeth Chan
(ISN) – VICTORIA – The Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame (GVSHOF) and the University of Victoria Department of Athletics and Recreation are pleased to announce Vikes men’s soccer player, Michael Baart, as the fifth winner of the annual Bate Family Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame Award.

The St. Michaels University School graduate is a first-year Engineering major who is passionate about computer science and aspires to pursue a degree in software engineering.

David Bate, whose family has created the generous award, started off as a UVic student in the late 1980s. 

“The University of Victoria needs the financial firepower and community platform to attract local athletes to its teams,” said Bate. “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. I also hope 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 his debut season with the Vikes men’s soccer team Baart turned quite a lot of heads. The striker had a two-goal performance in the Vikes’ first win of the regular season in early September and continued on to finish the season with four goals and six of 10 games as a starter. Baart helped the Vikes men qualify for the conference finals, where they finished fourth overall in the Canada West.

Baart is the fifth recipient of the prestigious award, first awarded in 2010-11 to swimmer Julia Schmidt and then to cross-country and track’s Patrick Psotka in 2011-12. Women’s soccer player Sarah Douglas and women’s rower Stephanie Polomark were the winners for 2012-13 and 2013-14, respectively.

For more on the Victoria Sports Hall of Fame click here.

Bate Family Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame Award – Past recipients
2014-15: Michael Baart, Soccer, St. Michaels University School
2013-14: Stephanie Polomark, Rowing, Belmont Senior Secondary
2012-13: Sarah Douglas, Soccer, Glenlyon Norfolk School
2011-12: Patrick Psotka, Track, Oak Bay High
2010-11: Julia Schmidt: Swimming, Lambrick Park Secondary


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