The University of Victoria and University of British Columbia came together, Aug. 28, in Victoria to announce the launch of the Legends Cup Series, which will highlight the already long-standing rivalry between Thunderbirds and Vikes varsity athletics teams. The Legends Cup is the name of the new trophy that will be awarded to either university based on a season long series of competitions between varsity teams.
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Clint Hamilton, Director of Vikes Athletics and Recreation, and Gilles Lepine, Senior Athletic Director of the UBC Thunderbirds, led the event with remarks from Kevin Hanson, UBC men’s basketball head coach, Tracy David, Vikes women’s soccer head coach, as well as alumni Laura Dowling, of UBC women’s field hockey, and Mark Wyatt, of Vikes men’s rugby.
“The energy here today was great and it was great to see alumni and alumni legends here,” said Hamilton about the launch event hosted at the Swans Hotel and Brew Pub. “That’s really the spirit behind the concept. It was wonderful to work with UBC and as Gilles pointed out we should compete with all we have in the events but at the end of the day we can work together within a spirit of collegiality to create something.”
Historically UBC and UVic have enjoyed a long tradition of healthy competition dating back to the early portion of the last century. Beginning this season, to reignite the rivalry, for each head-to-head event a team will be awarded one point for a tie and three points for a win, with the running total being updated after each meeting.
Varsity teams from six sports will be involved in the inaugural Legends Cup Series including Basketball, Rugby 15s, Field Hockey, Soccer, Cross Country and Rowing. The winning school will enjoy the satisfaction of being Legends Cup champions for the year and be presented with the Legends Cup trophy at their annual awards banquet by the Athletic Director of the losing school.
“We look forward to the inaugural season of competition for the Legends Cup which should add even more pride and celebration to an already long-standing rivalry between UBC and UVic varsity athletics,” said Senior Athletics Director for UBC Gilles Lepine. “There is such a rich history of varsity athletic success enjoyed by both Universities and the opportunity to win the Legends cup will only heighten the competition while also enhancing the atmosphere around regular season games between the T-Birds and Vikes.”
UBC alumnus and current long-time men’s basketball coach Kevin Hanson made the trip to Victoria and shared his unique experiences of both playing and coaching in this rivalry.
“I first experienced the UBC vs UVic rivalry 38 years ago when I came across the water as a young guy with a couple of buddies to watch my first university basketball game,” said Hanson. “Since that game I’ve had the opportunity to be involved in 77 games between UBC and UVic. They’re always memorable games and every year those contests are highlighted on my calendar. It is a great and respectful rivalry that will continue for many years to come.”
It should prove to be an excellent 2018-19 season as a little more fun and fuel is inserted into the UBC, UVic varsity athletics rivalry with the institutions competing for the inaugural Legends Cup. The first event of the series is the UBC vs UVic women’s soccer game this Saturday, September 1 at 2 p.m. PT in Victoria.