The Gerald McGavin Coaching Award, administered in partnership between BC Rugby and the Canadian Rugby Foundation, recognises Rugby Coaches from British Columbia who play a significant role in shaping young athletes both on and off the field.
Gerald McGavin is a former BC athlete who represented his province against world-renowned sides including the Barbarians, Australia, British & Irish Lions, and New Zealand Universities. Now a Member of both the Order of Canada and Order of BC, McGavin created the Award because of his love for the sport and to acknowledge the role Rugby played in shaping his life.
Past recipients include Rameses Langston, Jeff Williams, Martin Jones, Jason Young, Adam Roberts, Tom Larisch, Curry Hitchborn, Mike Jamieson and Pamela Hadikin.
Nominations are open for the 2024 Gerald McGavin Coaching Award!
The successful Gerald McGavin Award recipients will join eight university coaches selected by the Canadian Rugby Foundation, as well as 15 international coaches, in a program organized by the Crusaders International Academy on May 20-31, 2024. The Crusaders are widely regarded as New Zealand’s top Super Rugby club (7 consecutive championships through June 2023), furnishing multiple players to the All Blacks, and most recently the All Blacks head coach Scott ‘Razor’ Robertson.
All nominations must be submitted by February 15, 2024.
To nominate someone for this award, please complete the below form – applications for this award will not be accepted; only nominations will be accepted.
GERALD MCGAVIN COACHING AWARD ELIGIBILITY & SELECTION CRITERIA
A current coach coaching in the province of British Columbia who is:
- A Canadian citizen or landed immigrant
- Not older than 45 years old
- Committed to the development of the game of rugby in BC
- Applications for this award will not be accepted; only nominations will be accepted
- Unsuccessful nominated Coaches may have nominations submitted on their behalf in future years
- Successful nominees may not apply again
- The award is conditional upon the recipient continuing his/her coaching career in the province of British Columbia
- Nominations must be emailed, mailed, or couriered
- The award recipient must agree to have his or her name and photograph publicised. He/she must be prepared to promote the award as requested
- A Coach that is a good mentor and that goes above and beyond his/her role as a Coach
- A coach that has recognised contributions to the Rugby community through coaching and other Rugby-related work
2021: Not awarded
2020: Not awarded
2019: Not awarded
2018: Not awarded
2017: Mike Jamieson and Pamela Hadikin
2016: Not awarded
2015: Curry Hitchborn
2014: Shane Thompson and Ken Goodland
2013: Not awarded
2012: Rameses Langston
2011: Not awarded
2010: Jeff Williams and Martin Jones
2009: Jason Young
2008: Adam Roberts
2007: Tom Larisch
ABOUT GERALD MCGAVIN
Gerald was an extremely talented Rugby player and he acknowledges that many of his Coaches had a very positive influence on him growing up. He started playing Rugby at Shawnigan Lake School on Vancouver Island where he was coached by the famous Derek Hyde-Lay.
Hyde-Lay proved to be one of the Coaches who made a significant impact on Gerald’s life, both on and off the field. Gerald continued playing rugby at the University of British Columbia, where he would earn a Bachelor of Commerce. While studying at UBC, Gerald won his first selection to represent the Senior Men’s Provincial Team. He would go on to play for his province on numerous occasions from 1957 to 1962 against teams like the Barbarians, Australia, Eastern Canada, the British Lions, and New Zealand Universities. He would also earn a selection to represent Canada on a tour of Britain. Unfortunately, Gerald would have to decline the selection due to the time commitment of being away with the team for three straight months.
The UBC community welcomed its latest addition when the Gerald McGavin UBC Rugby Centre, located near West 16th Avenue and East Mall on the Point Grey campus, was officially opened in 2013. The $2.5 million facility has change rooms, offices, storage space, and bleacher seating for 300 spectators. It also features a Clubhouse lounge for use by alumni, students, and sport groups as well as the Department of Athletics and Recreation.
Outside of Rugby, Gerald has been a leader in the business, professional and cultural community of Vancouver and the Province of B.C. for almost five decades, serving as a Director for a number of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Gerald and Sheahan McGavin have been very generous philanthropists, supporting the arts as well as many other cultural and health-related campaigns. Gerald was awarded an F.C.A. in 1990 in recognition of the service and honour he brought to the accounting profession.
In October 1999, Gerald was recognised for his outstanding commitment to his community and was appointed to become a Member of the Order of Canada. In 2006, Gerald was appointed to the Order of BC, which is the highest form of recognition the Province can extend to its citizens.
Gerald’s involvement with the establishment of endowment funds for a wide variety of organisations across the Province stimulated the creation of something unique that would provide recognition of Gerald’s service to so many areas of his life.
Due to his love of Rugby, the Gerald McGavin Coaching Award has been created to recognise those Rugby coaches who go above and beyond by reaching out to players not only as athletes but also as a positive influence on their lives outside of Rugby.
Rugby Coaches can play a significant role in shaping the minds of young athletes both on and off the field, and the recipients of these awards will have done just that.