A native Victorian, Bob Moffatt was inspired by many of the early Hall of Fame inductees to become involved in sports. He excelled at soccer and was named a BC All-Star as a member of the winning Provincial Championship team, the Oak Bay Optimists. However, sometimes it pays to listen to your mother who suggested he stick with tennis. By the age of 12, he had won his first tournament and fallen in love with a sport that would consume him for close to five decades. His second home became the Victoria Lawn Tennis Club where he could be found hitting the ball from dawn to dusk.
By the age of 15, Bob was the BC Junior Champion, won the U16 Canadian Championship and made it to the final of the U18. Later, he played for the national team, competing internationally before moving into coaching and sport administration.
He became the first Executive Director of Tennis BC (1983-1985); was Tournament Director of the 1987 Federation Cup (Women’s World Team Championship) and then became the President and CEO of the BC Games Society. These experiences led to his appointment as President and CEO of Tennis Canada in 1988. Not only did he play a key role in the transformation of the Rogers Cup (Canadian Open Tennis Championships) into one of the world’s premier tennis events, but he also led an outstanding team in the development of world-class training and tournament facilities in Montreal (Stade Uniprix) and Toronto (Rexall Centre). It was due to Bob’s leadership that Tennis Canada was able to invest major resources into developing the sport of tennis across the country.
After 16 years at Tennis Canada, Bob retired and moved back to Victoria where he offered his expertise by consulting for PacificSport Victoria, primarily working on the new 80,000 square foot sporting facility on the Camosun College (Interurban) Campus – the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE). In 2008, Bob became PISE’s first General Manager/Acting CEO, setting up its administrative structure and programs and guiding the new facility to financial stability over two years, until his departure in 2010. PISE has rapidly grown to be nationally recognized as a hub for high-performance sport training, sport education, research and innovation and community programming.
Bob still consults, providing strategic advice and guidance for charities, not-for-profit associations and provincial and national sport organizations. His volunteer work has included member of the Canadian Olympic Committee; member of the Rules Committee for the International Tennis Federation and President of the Sport for All Canada Society.
He was instrumental in laying the ground work for the future development of high performance and community sport in Victoria. An innovative builder, he has contributed to the enhancement of community life and been a valuable inspiration and mentor to many professionals and leaders. Those who have had the good fortune to work alongside Bob will continue his commitment to build a better environment for sport in Victoria and beyond.
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Steve’s professional career spanned 13 years and included numerous leagues and countries. Former teammates include Ken Griffey, Edgar Martinez, Alex Rodriguez, Roger Clemens, Tony Fernandez and Dave Stieb among others. He was the 10th Canadian-born player to play for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Steve grew up in Victoria BC where he started his baseball career at Fireman’s Park. He then went on to play at Carnarvon Park, Henderson Park and Lambrick Park. During his minor league days, Steve played on several All Star and select teams (including Team BC.) In 1990/91 he was selected to play for the National Baseball Institute (NBI) as one of the top players from across Canada. This team was coached by John Harr, both a Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and BC Sports Hall of Fame inductee.
His breakthrough year came in 1991 when he was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 28th round of the Major League draft. His career started in the Pioneer League in Medicine Hat, Alberta. During his career, Steve also had stops in the Gulf Coast League (Florida), South Atlantic League (Hagerstown, Maryland), Florida State League (Dunedin, Florida) and the International League (AAA Ball) at Syracuse, New York.
Steve briefly retired from baseball in 1996 after pitching for the Dunedin Blue Jays. While playing Senior Men’s League in Victoria at Lambrick Park, Steve got the itch to play professionally again and contacted the Blue Jays for another opportunity to make the team. He pitched well during spring training and once again returned to Dunedin. After experiencing a substantial increase in velocity almost overnight, he moved into the closer role for the team.
In early August, Steve was promoted to AAA Syracuse to finish the season. That winter, Steve went to Mexico City to pitch for Canada in the Olympic qualifier. That year, he also travelled to Venezuela where he ended up playing four seasons from 1997-2000. Steve played a key role in winning the Championship in 1997/98 as a player with Lara Cardenales. Steve currently holds the record for saves as a left-handed reliever with 15 saves in the 1997/98 season. It was during that winter ball season at the Caribbean World Series that he was added to the 40-man roster and invited to major league spring training.
Steve made his major league debut pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays against the Chicago White Sox on April 25, 1998. That season, he posted his best result with a 3.60 ERA in 15 innings as a situational left-handed reliever. In 1999, Steve had his best minor league season posting a 3-2 record with a 2.18 ERA and 18 saves. That year he was chosen to play in the AAA All-star game in New Orleans, LA. He also played for the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs in the minor leagues. Steve was traded to the Seattle Mariners on July 28, 1999. Unfortunately he injured his elbow in the first game and was unable to recover from the injury.
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