(ISN) – VANCOUVER, BC – The British Columbia Rugby Union (BC Rugby) is pleased to announced the 2015 induction class of the BC Rugby Hall of Fame.
Kelly McCallum – player category
Geraldine (Ged) Griffiths – player category
Mel Jones – referee category
Paul Horne – builder category
Doug Sturrock – builder category
Stuart Thomson (posthumous induction) – pioneer category
Biographical details for each inductee are included below.
While all six individuals are very deserving of enshrinement in the BC Rugby Hall of Fame, 2015 will be a very special ceremony. For the first time in the Hall’s history, two women will be recognized for their pioneering efforts to foster female rugby in BC. Both have created a lasting legacy that continues to propel BC and Canada to the very pinnacle of women’s rugby.
Ged Griffiths – player
– Began her rugby career with Richmond RFC from 1981 to 1985 (eventually became captain).
– 1985 to 1988 played with Pocomo RFC (captain).
– 1988/1989 organized first women’s team at Ex-Britannia RFC. Served as coach/captain for many years. Led team to B.C. women’s championships in 1995, 1996 and 1998.
– Joined SFU RFC for the 2000/2001 season after the demise of the renamed Brit-Lions women’s team. Retired as a full-time participant at end of season.
Selected to the B.C. rep team attending national championships approximately 10 times in the 13 year period from 1986 to 1998 and named team captain in all but one of those years. Member of the national championship gold medal teams in 1991 and 1995.
Earned three caps for Canada as a player at the Canada Rugby Cup in June 1993. Missed out the World Cup in 1994 due to a broken collarbone.
Received an award from the Vancouver Rugby Union in 1993 for “promoting the cause of women’s rugby on the field.”
The B.C. second division women’s championship was named the Ged Griffiths Cup in her honour in 2005. Ged has participated in the Cup game as a player, coach and award presenter many times.
Kelly McCallum – player
– Won championships and captained at club, inter-union and BC provincial levels.
– Received first ever BCRU player-of-the-year award.
– Capped over 30 times for Canada (captain from October 2004 to September 2006).
– Starting flyhalf for Canada at 2002 and 2006 World Cups.
– Member of Canada’s first-ever national sevens team.
– Has played and coached in France, England, Australia and Japan (national 15’s and 7’s).
Paul Horne – builder
Paul has been coaching club and high school rugby for over 30 years. Perhaps what characterizes his work in that time best is the number of players under his tutelage who have progressed to provincial and national teams, including 68 to represent BC at the Youth Level, 32 players to represent Canada at the Youth Level, and 9 players to represent Canada at the Men’s level. He also coached BC’s U19 team to a total of 8 National championships and worked for over a decade on Rugby Canada’s coaching staff.
Mel Jones – referee
In 1975, he retired from playing and joined the Vancouver Island Rugby Referees’ Society (VIRRS) and has been a member to the present day. During this time he was appointed to the B.C. Provincial Panel and refereed numerous Japan Cup (U19) Dunbar Cup (U21) and McKechnie Cup games as well as incoming tour games. In 1985, he volunteered to become allocator of the VIRRS introducing the concept of two-month blocks of appointments.
In 1988, he was elected President of the Vancouver Island Rugby referees Society (VIRRS) serving in this role for three seasons. During this time the emphasis of the monthly meetings of the society was changed from administrative to technical, i.e. every meeting became a mini-clinic. During this time with the VIRRS, he has also served as allocator, treasurer, secretary, and referee coach/assessor.
In 1992, he joined the board of directors of the B.C.R.U. as Chairman of Referees.
In 1996, he was elected President of the, then newly-formed, B.C. Referees’ Society whose inception he spearheaded.
In 1997, he was invited to join the Refereeing and Laws Committee of Rugby Canada. From 2000-03 and 2005 to 2009 he was Chair of this committee and in 2002, as Chair, he became an ex-officio member of the Board of Rugby Canada.
In 2004 he completed the “IRB Train the Trainers” course held in Vancouver and in Chicago (2006) this was upgraded to the “IRB Train the Educators” qualification. In 2007, he was part of a team of three that ran the first updated “IRB Train the Trainers” course in Western Canada.
Over several years, he conducted numerous referee certification courses at Level 1 and Level II.
Since 1998 he has assessed/reviewed referees at twenty senior men’s internationals, which included national teams from Canada, England, USA, Hong Kong, Japan, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Argentina, Scotland, Chile, Uruguay, Ireland, and NZ Maori In 2002 he was appointed to the International Rugby Board Tier 2 list of referee assessors.
In February 2004 he was invited to assess the referees at the IRB World 7’s tournament in Los Angeles.
From 2009 through 2013 Mel focused back on to acting as a referee coach for the VIRRS and BCRRS at all levels of the game
He was duly named in 2005 a Life Member of the VIRRS, and in 2010 as a Life Member of the BCRRS.
Doug Sturrock – builder
Doug was a core player of strong Meraloma Rugby Club teams during the 1970’s but his greatest contributions to the game came after his playing career.
Doug coached and refereed rugby at four schools for 39 years. From 1982-1995, Doug was on the selection committee for Canada’s Under 19 national team, serving as chair on several occasions. In 1989, he chaired the BCRU Centennial History Committee, was president of the Vancouver Secondary Schools Athletic Association (VSSAA) in 1975-1976, president of the VDIHSAA in 1976-77, and president of the BCSSRU in 1987-89.
Doug’s dedication as a historian and researcher has been instrumental in the process of nominating and inducting several current members of the BC Rugby Hall of Fame and the BC Sports Hall of Fame.
Stuart Thomson – pioneer
Thomson began work as a newspaper photographer in1910 and had a passion for shooting rugby games and teams. Without him we would have no visual record of the early days of rugby in BC. He did photographs throughout the 1930s when international teams like New Zealand and Japan played here. There are so many photographs that he took that no one else did. He also accompanied Canada for the Japan tour in 1932, becoming the very first official photographer for our national team.