Vikes annual breakfast panel teases trio of U Sports nationals

UVic Championship Breakfast tops $5.6 million in 12 years

Twelve years in, the Vikes shook up the keynote speaking portion of the annual Vikes Championship Breakfast but the event otherwise continues to support the on-field success of the University of Victoria athletics teams.

On Tuesday, the Vikes raised another $550,000 towards student-athlete scholarships. Running since 2008, the breakfast has surpassed $5.6 million. The money helps recruit top student-athletes and this year, the Vikes are showing why they need it, as they’re hosting three U Sports National Championships (with a chance to host a fourth).

However, instead of one speaker, the Vikes hosted local sports personality Jeff King as the moderator for a panel of three successful Vikes grads.

READ MORE: Obee, Jennerich snare silver at Rio Olympics

READ ALSO: Stelly’s grad gets Olympic opportunity out of unfortunate situation

On the panel were; Vikes swimmer-turned commentator of international competitions, Chris Hindmarch-Watson; Joann Malhotra (nee Nash), who won a soccer bronze at the 2000 national championship; and Lindsay Bergen (nee Jennerich) who won a silver medal in women’s lightweight double at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Each represented one of the three sports that the Vikes will host for U Sports national championships.

The Vikes host the women’s Soccer National Championship, Nov. 7 to 10 at Centennial Stadium, the Canadian University Rowing Championships Nov. 2 and 3 at Elk Lake and Swimming National Championships from Feb. 20 to 22 at the Saanich Commonwealth Pool.

Should the Vikes women’s field hockey win the their 21st Canada West title, they will host the National Field Hockey Championships, Nov. 2 and 3.

Hindmarch-Watson talked about the importance of the community supporting local athletes. Malhotra talked about how surprised she was when she discovered the difficulties that came with being a student-athlete. And Bergen spoke about critical moments with the Vikes gave her ability to push through difficult times and fulfill her dream of rowing with the national team.

More than 600 guests convened inside the CARSA Performance Gym for the Championship Breakfast, which is the Vikes’ biggest annual fundraising event.

reporter@oakbaynews.com

Past keynote speakers:

2018 Gareth Rees (Men’s Rugby Alumni)

2017 Ian Hyde-Lay (Men’s Basketball Alumni)

2016 Nancy Mollenhauer (Women’s Field Hockey Alumna)

2015 Simon Whitfield (Olympic Triathlete)

2014 Darcy Marquardt (Women’s Rowing Alumna)

2013 Dr. Paul E. Zehr (UVic Professor and author)

2012 Pierre Lafontaine (Former Swimming Canada CEO)

2011 Adam Kreek (Men’s Rowing Alumni)

2010 Stephanie Dixon (Women’s Swimming Alumna)

2009 Bob Lenarduzzi (President, Vancouver Whitecaps FC)

2008 Chris Hebb (Men’s Basketball Alumni)


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Langford pitches Westhills as Canadian Premier League soccer hub

Langford could host all eight teams for August matches

Point-guard lobs no-look, three-pointer for Oak Bay High video

Trick-shot only took three times, says Oak Bay teen

Person finds bag of drugs while out for walk in Langford

Police ask residents, drivers to check surveillance footage

Cancelled cruise ships costs Victoria more than $130 million

Transport Canada bans ships until end of October in response to COVID-19

Saanich residents sound alarm after second owl dies of rat poison

Great Horned Owl found in Kings Park killed by three rodenticides

VIDEO: Victoria dental staff dance to *NSYNC to promote reopening

Urban Smiles staff ‘want you back’ after closure in response to pandemic

Feds looking at ways to reunite families amid COVID-19 border restrictions with U.S.

Some families with members of dual-citizenship have become separated due to the pandemic

B.C. aquaculture farm’s employees sweat it out to raise funds for food banks

For every five minutes of exercise recorded, Cermaq Canada is donating a dollar to local food banks in communities they operate

Condition in kids with possible COVID-19 link being studied in Canada

This month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an alert to doctors about MIS-C

‘I knew what he wanted’: Kootenay man spends hours in tree as black bear patrols below

Francis Levasseur is no stranger to the outdoors, but a recent run-in with a bear caused quite a scare

Stepdad able to walk bride down the aisle days before he passes away

Ceremony held amidst pandemic in order to fulfill bride’s wish to have stepdad give her away

POLL: Do you agree with the provincial government’s decision to increase the minimum wage?

B.C.’s lowest-paid workers will be getting a few more dollars to try… Continue reading

Trudeau acknowledges racial unrest in U.S.; ‘We also have work to do in Canada’

‘Anti-black racism, racism, is real; it’s in the United States, but it’s also in Canada,’ Trudeau says

Large cruise ships barred from Canadian waters until end of October: Garneau

Last year 140 cruise ships brought more than two million visitors to Canadian ports

Most Read