VICTORIA – The Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame (GVSHOF) and the University of Victoria Department of Athletics and Recreation are pleased to announce men’s rugby player, Brayden Tate, as the sixth winner of the Bates Family Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame Award.
The Oak Bay High grad is a first year Social Sciences major with a passion for youth and the power of sport. Bate strives to obtain a degree in Education and pursue a career as a physical education teacher in the Greater Victoria School district and sees athletics as an important factor in his life.
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.”
Tate has been an active member on the high performance scene, having spent time competing and training at the provincial and national level. A few accolades include participating on the 2015 U18 BC Rugby 7s team, 2015 Canada West U17 Rugby team and captaining the Oak Bay High to a bronze at the BC Rugby provincials.
His achievements extended off the pitch and into the community volunteering for several school events with the Oak Bay High School Athletic Leadership program, Cops for Cancer campaigns, Best Buddies and Young Life Canada showing further the mark of a true varsity athlete.
Victoria enjoys a stellar sports history and we celebrate the many athletes, teams and builders who have contributed to that history. The Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame honours these people in their displays at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre (2500 Blanshard St.) through Gate Three.
More about the Bate Family Scholarship here.