VICTORIA – In its ninth year, the Vikes Championships Breakfast will make its second straight appearance in the CARSA Performance Gym, with two-time Olympian and UVic Sports Hall of Fame member Nancy Mollenhauer set to give the keynote address and PepsiCo and Grand & Toy once again supporting the event.
The breakfast is the largest annual fundraising event for Vikes Athletics, raising over $3.3 million since 2008. The support generated by the event helps with both recruitment and retention, allowing Vikes teams the opportunity to compete at the highest level.
Mollenhauer, a two-time winner of UVic’s Female Athlete of the Year award, was an integral part of what is known as Canadian women’s field hockey’s greatest dynasty. The program qualified for every single world-class event throughout the 1980s and medalled in many as they brought home silver hardware from the 1983 World Cup and bronze from the 1986 World Cup.
In 1987, Mollenhauer served as the flag bearer at the Pan Am Games and two years later she would be named Victoria’s Athlete of the Year. A dedicated supporter of field hockey in Victoria after her international career, she was inducted into the UVic Sports Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Canadian Field Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015 and now teaches and coaches at St. Michael’s University School.
She will be inducted into the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame in October.
“I am tremendously honoured to be this year’s keynote speaker for the Vikes Championship Breakfast,” said Mollenhauer. “UVic holds a special place in my heart and was fundamental in helping to lay the foundation for both my athletic and educational successes. I have so many fond memories of my time spent there and continue to enjoy maintaining a connection with the school and their varsity athletic program – in my view, one of the best in the country.”
Mira Laurence will join Mollenhauer on stage as the emcee for the breakfast, bringing her trademark energy to the event once again. Formerly a CTV Sports reporter and a member of the Vikes team, Laurence now serves as Executive Director of Headway, Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson’s Centre.
All proceeds from the breakfast support student-athlete scholarships, with 75% directed to the current fiscal year and 25% dedicated to Vikes endowments. Support can be directed to specific varsity programs or to the Vikes General Fund.
The University of Victoria will once again generously provide $200,000 in matching funds in support of Vikes student athletes.
Individual seats, tables of 10 or any donation amount can still be made online at govikesgo.com/breakfast. The event begins at 7:00 a.m. on Sept. 27, in the CARSA Performance Gym.