Murray Smith joins Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame Board
(Victoria, BC – June 17, 2020) The Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that Murray Smith has joined its Board of Directors.
Smith has been active in sport since childhood playing soccer, baseball, basketball, and football. At just seven he captained his Cadboro Bay soccer team to the District Cup championship and later became an All-Star defensive back for the Victoria Payless Football team. “My family was very involved in the Victoria sports scene,” he explains. “My father, George Smith, was a Coach and Manager at UVic with the Vikes Soccer and served as President of the Vancouver Island Soccer League (VISL).”
Smith continues to play soccer and also coaches Saanich Fusion Men’s team. Highlights include playing in and winning the first Tony Grover Cup and helping to coach 3-time VISL league champions and a Jackson Cup winning team. Smith has a successful career in the IT industry but still finds time to volunteer at multi-sport events such as the BC Games, and Canada Summer Games.
“It is my pleasure to work with this great group of people as part of the Board,” says Smith. “I am excited to be a part of an organization that not only recognizes people that have done so much for sport in this community, but also helps up and coming athletes with scholarships and bursaries. I look forward to helping out wherever I can.”
President Doug Jennings welcomes Smith to the Board. “We are delighted to have Murray Smith join our volunteer Board. His passion for sport and his vast community involvement will be an asset to us as we move forward in these challenging times.”
The other board members are Robert Bettauer, Nicholas Cumberbirch, Chris Graham, Doug Henderson, Robert Hope, Clint Hamilton, Louise Hodgson-Jones, Fern Johnson, Stacie Louttit, Cal Mackay, Lois Smith, Jim Swanson and Tom Turnbull.
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About the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame (GVSHoF)
The Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame recognizes and celebrate the outstanding performances and contributions of athletes, builders, officials and teams from Greater Victoria, who have brought distinction to themselves, their sport, community and country. Established in 1991, artifacts and displays of over 220 athletes, teams and builders can be seen at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre and in the Westin at Bear Mountain. Annual activities that the GVSHoF are involved in include the Family Sport & Recreation Festival at PISE, the Bate Family Scholarship at UVic, the Vikes Breakfast and the annual Induction ceremony in October. www.gvshof.ca