Okanagan Rugby Legend, Ro Hindson, To Be Inducted into BC Rugby Hall of Fame

Kelowna, BC – Okanagan rugby legend Robert ‘Ro’ Hindson will be inducted into the BC Rugby Hall of Fame on August 12th in a ceremony held at the Delta Grand Hotel in Kelowna.

Originally from Naramata, BC, Hindson played lock for Canada on 31 occasions over a 17-year span, playing his first international game against Wales in Toronto in the summer of 1973.  He was Canada’s most capped player for many years, in a time when the national squad only played two or three international test matches a year.  Hindson also played on several occasions for Canada at the Hong Kong Sevens tournament, and was the only Canadian to be selected to the Southern Hemisphere Barbarian Tour of South Africa in 1987.

Hindson was recognized internationally for his jumping ability in lineouts, in an era where ‘lifting’ was penalized.  His running skills and ‘fifth gear’ made him a very difficult athlete to tackle.  He was also an accomplished goal kicker, an uncommon skill for a rugby forward.  Even forty years ago, Ro’s ‘toe-punch’ style of kicking was a throw-back method for kicking at goal.

“Ro’s athletic accomplishments are well known to anyone who played rugby in the 1970’s and 80’s,” said BC Rugby Chief Executive Officer Jeff Sauvé.  “Ro is a BC Rugby legend and we are proud to add this outstanding international player from the Okanagan to our BC Rugby Hall of Fame.”

Tickets for the August 12th dinner are available from the Central Okanagan Rugby Enthusiasts (CORE).  Tickets are $75 and include a ticket to the Canadian Rugby Championship game on August 13th featuring the BC Senior Men and Prairie Wolf Pack at Kelowna’s Apple Bowl.

Contact Doug Manning (dmanning@corerugby.com) to purchase a ticket or table.

CORE (Central Okanagan Rugby Enthusiasts) promotes the growth and development of rugby in the Central Okanagan.  Its primary goal is to develop a strong infrastructure for rugby in the Central Okanagan, with the long-range goal of increasing the number of local players to 3,000 by 2020.  CORE also seeks to introduce rugby sevens and touch rugby to the region, create a sustainable financial base for excellence in the sport, and re-connect former players and other local rugby fans with the game they love.



CORE Contact Information
Doug Manning
Central Okanagan Rugby Enthusiasts
Phone: 1-250-869-0575
Email: dmanning@corerugby.com

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