Six Inductees for 2019 BC Rugby Hall of Fame - First Female Rugby Player Inducted into BC Sports Hall of Fame BC Rugby Hall of Fame - Class of 2019 Announced
Vancouver, BC – November 16, 2018: The British Columbia Rugby Union is proud to announce the 2019 inductees to the BC Rugby Hall of Fame, as well as details for the upcoming ceremony which will include dinner, a raffle and live auction. Taking place on Saturday, January 12th 2019, the event will be a celebration of the contributions from this year’s distinguished inductees.
The Class of 2019 includes three stars of multiple Rugby World Cups, a coach who’s accolades span high school championship to International Test Match victories, a much-respected referee who can now regularly be found keeping scoreboards accurate and a couple who have championed the sport of rugby in the Province for the last six decades. We invite you to join us in congratulating the 2019 BC Rugby Hall of Fame Inductees:
Alan Banwell – Builder (Referee)
Leslie Cripps – Player
Glenn Ennis – Player
Gord MacKinnon – Player
Tim Murdy – Builder (Coach)
Jim and Joan Porter – Builders
The BC Rugby Hall of Fame was established in 2005 to honour those individuals and teams who, through their commitment to excellence, left a profound legacy on the development of rugby in British Columbia. Over the past thirteen years, 39 individuals and two teams have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. The Class of 2019 will be warmly welcomed into their company at the induction ceremony on January 12.
Details for the induction ceremony event will be announced in the coming weeks on the Hall of Fame website.
BC RUGBY HALL OF FAME
Induction Ceremony and Dinner
Date: January 12, 2019 Kelly McCallum - 2019 BC Sports Hall of Fame Inductee
Vancouver, BC – November 14, 2018: At the unveiling of the BC Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019, Kelly McCallum has been announced as rugby’s first female inductee into the illustrious institution. The veteran of two Women’s Rugby World Cups (2002 & 2006), who amassed an impressive 30 caps, will be officially inducted at the gala dinner and ceremony on May 23, 2019 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
Kelly was introduced to rugby while attending Douglas College in New Westminster. She settled in at the flyhalf position and played for the Douglas Rugby Club from 1992 to2002, taking a year off in 1998 to attend school and play rugby in Australia.
While down under in 1998, Kelly scored two tries in leading her Brothers RFC team to an upset win over Queensland University in the Queensland Grand Women’s Final. Despite protestations from members of the men’s teams, she was presented with the award as the club’s overall top scorer.
Returning to BC, Kelly led her Douglas team to four consecutive Premier women’s finals. She captained Douglas to consecutive Premier division titles in 2001 and 2002, a stretch of 38 games that saw the team lose only once. They also won the North American Challenge Cup.
Kelly received the first-ever BC women’s player of the year award in 2002.
Between 2002 and 2005 she plied her trade with the Richmond Rugby Club in London, England and was honoured with awards as outstanding Premier back and Premier MVP. Her final year as a club player was 2006 in Sydney, Australia.
Kelly captained and won championships with both the Fraser Valley regional side and with the BC women’s team. She was also a member of the first official Canadian women’s sevens team that attended the Hong Kong sevens in 1997. She was the team’s leading scorer at the tournament.
In fifteens, Kelly was capped at least 30 times for Canada from 2001 to 2006, scoring 100 points during her tenure. Participating as the starting flyhalf at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, she captained the national side from October 2004 until her retirement as an active player after her last World Cup match in 2006.
Kelly coached in England during her time there and was head coach of Sydney University from 2006 to 2008. After relocating to Japan in 2010, she became a technical advisor for the Japanese national fifteens team and head coach of the Japanese Olympic Academy sevens program. In 2011 she was called on to address the 7th World Congress on Science and Football at Nagoya University on the topic of women’s sevens rugby.
In 2015, Kelly was inducted into the BC Rugby Union Hall of Fame.
As of 2019, she lives in Whangarei, New Zealand, raising two young daughters.