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BC Soccer congratulates 2021 Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Class

Four players, one coach, one referee, one builder, a Team of Distinction and an Organization of Distinction round out this year’s inductees

November 6, 2021 – Vancouver BC

The Soccer Hall of Fame of British Columbia welcomes nine outstanding inductees in 2021 in the player, coach, referee, builder and team and organization of distinction classes. The inductees have contributed to the history of the game of soccer in BC from 1917 to 2015, and across the breadth of the sport. With many pioneers in their respective fields, the 2021 inductees also made leadership contributions to soccer above and beyond their achievements as players, coaches and officials.

 

 

Four new Hall of Fame members have been inducted as players. Mike Gilmore kept goal for Vancouver Firefighters for ten years, winning Coast League titles, two provincial and two national championships. Gilmore also coached senior and youth soccer and led BC’s player development program during his 13 years as a BC Soccer Director. Also a top ‘keeper, Peter Greco won three Coast League championships and three Canadian club championship titles with Columbus between 1967 and 1978, and played 19 times for Canada’s Pan-Am, Olympic and senior Men’s National teams. 

David Ravenhill was a stand-out player, coach and soccer leader in Victoria for nearly 40 years, playing for UVic Vikes, Gorge, Vic West and Island representative teams. For 20 years a youth and senior coach and school soccer leader, Ravenhill passed away suddenly in 2020. Emily Zurrer of Crofton was a stellar central defender for Cowichan and Lower Island Youth, the University of Illinois, the Whitecaps and other women’s pro teams. From 2004 and 2015, Zurrer made 82 appearances for Canada’s senior women’s team, winning a 2010 CONCACAF championship and an Olympic bronze medal in 2012.

New Hall of Fame coach Joe Johnson directed the UBC soccer program, making it one of the strongest in Canada.  Under Johnson’s guidance from 1961 to 1986, the Thunderbirds were twice runners-up in the semi-pro Pacific Coast League and won four Canada West and three Canadian varsity championship titles. Joining the five referees in the Hall of Fame, John Meachin was a top-flight FIFA List referee from 1981 to 1989. Also a senior referee instructor, assessor and referee association executive, Meachin was a Director of BC Soccer, serving as President from 1992 to 1996.

From 1917 to 1957, pioneer builder Harold Witter served the Greater Vancouver Sunday School League, especially as Secretary (manager). This inclusive, grassroots youth league of 70 teams, “gave kids a chance to play”. The ethos that soccer must be available for all calibres remains ingrained in BC’s soccer’s culture.

The tenth “Team of Distinction” in the Hall of Fame is the NIFA Women’s Indigenous Team Canada 2015   who became champions at the inaugural 2015 World Indigenous Games. With nine of the 17 players from First Nations communities across BC, the team won gold medals in the Final against the host Brazilian team.

The seventh “Organization of Distinction” in the Hall, Gorge Soccer Association (Gorge FC), has served youth and adult soccer players of all calibres in Victoria since the 1950s. Gorge has developed numerous national team players, won provincial cup honours, and its members and alumni have been influential in soccer.

Read the profiles of the careers and achievements of the nine “Class of 2021” members and the 114 earlier inductees at the Soccer Hall of Fame of BC web-site at https://heritage.bcsoccer.net/hall-of-fame/ . Selection criteria and nomination forms are also posted. Make nominations now for inductions in 2022.

*          Reflecting the era of male and female soccer, there are now 25 players in the Soccer Hall of Fame of BC who have been born since 1960. Twelve are male, thirteen are female.

About the Soccer Hall of Fame of British Columbia

Founded in 2019, the Soccer Hall of Fame of BC recognizes excellence within the province’s soccer community.  The original 98 inductees are members of the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame, and divided into 6 categories; Players, Coaches, Referees, Builders, Teams of Distinction, and Organizations of Distinction.  The Selection Panel will accept nominations annually for recognition during BC Soccer’s Annual General Meeting.  Inductees are featured in the HOF portion of heritage.bcsoccer.net until a desired physical Hall of Fame is established.  

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About BC Soccer

Established in 1904, BC Soccer is the largest provincial sports organization (PSO) in BC and the third largest soccer-specific PSO in Canada with over 150,000 participants, consisting of registered players, coaches, referees, administrators and soccer leaders. As a professional not-for-profit society and a member of Canada Soccer, BC Soccer is committed to providing the widest opportunities for existing and potential participants, as well as provide support in the most effective and appropriate way for current players, parents, volunteers, member clubs, leagues, and districts.