Gareth Rees ’85 made Canadian history last week, becoming the first rugby player ever to be inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.
The rugby icon is now recognized alongside 547 other athletes as one of the country’s best; a role model whose work on and off the field make him an inspiration to Canadians young and old.
Below is Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame’s biography, summarizing his terrific achievements in the sport.
Gareth Rees is known around the world for his outstanding rugby skills. At 19 years of age, he was the youngest person ever to be named to an All World Rugby XV. Gareth is also the only man to have represented his country, starting in every game, in four Consecutive Rugby World Cups – 1987, 1991, 1995, and 1999. Gareth is also the first man in the world to Captain his country in two Rugby World Cups, 1995 and 1999 and was captain of the Canadian National team 25 times in his 14 years with the team. He won scoring titles in France, Wales and England where he played professionally for a decade and Gareth is still ranked in the top 10 all-time point scorers in the Rugby World Cup. Since his retirement, Gareth has been a passionate advocate, introducing rugby to beginners of all ages across Canada and around the world.
Sportsnet Pacific will televise the induction ceremony on Nov. 2 at 5:30 pm; Nov. 3 at 12:00 pm; and Nov. 7 at 12:30 pm.
And in other Halls of Fame news, the newly established Field Hockey Canada Hall of Fame announced its first inductees, and Middle School teacher Nancy Mollenhauer is one of eight to receive the inaugural honour. Nancy competed in two Olympic Games (1984 and 1988) and won silver and bronze at the 1983 and 1986 World Cups respectively.
“It’s a tremendous honour and one that I am deeply grateful for. It represents a tremendous amount of hard work and commitment, not just on my part, but on the part of my family, my teammates, coaches and supporters. Without all of these people, I wouldn’t be in a position to be celebrated for this honour,” Nancy said. “It feels really great to represent the sport and all of these individuals who helped me. My success is as much theirs as it is mine.”
Nancy’s induction ceremony happens in Vancouver on November 12.
Congratulations to these two outstanding athletes. Vivat!