Tracie McAra

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Tracie in action on the court

Tracie was born in Victoria and attended Reynolds Secondary School before joining the UVIC Vikettes in 1978. The legendary Kathy Shields was in her first year as Head Coach and Tracie was her first recruit. Shields quickly recognized the talent and leadership abilities of the 17 year old Tracie.

Tracie's on-court presence was unmistakable. With long ponytails and a beaming smile, she was a deceptively sharp-shooting guard who would punish you at both ends of the floor. But that smile never beamed brighter than when the Vikettes won, and during Tracie's five-year run there was plenty of winning.

The Vikettes record during her reign was 102 wins against 14 losses. She helped the Vikettes to three CIAU Championship titles winning the Bronze Baby Trophy in 1980, '81 and '82. After her rookie season, the Vikettes strung together four league first-place finishes, four Canada West banners, and three National Championships. Tracie was also a member of Canada's national team for six years including the women's team that finished ninth at the 1983 World Championship in Brazil and fourth at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

Throughout her career Tracie played on numerous BC Provincial Teams and was often recognized as an all-star at tournaments, including the Pepsi Summer Games International Tournament in Seattle. With the University of Victoria Tracie was named Canada West University first team all-star in 1981, '82 and '83

In 1981 Tracie was the British Columbia Amateur Basketball Association's Female Player of the Year.In 1982 she was CWUAA first team all-star and was named the Westcoast Savings Most Popular Player at UVic. In March of that year she led the Vikettes to a third consecutive CIAU National Championship and was MVP of the CIAU final game.

Tracie collected numerous MVP honours throughout her playing days at UVic, including the annual Labatt's Blue & Gold Tournament and the Dial Classic Women's Tournament held at the University of Washington.

While Tracie's last season at UVic (1982-83) didn't end in a National Championship, it was the most successful on an individual level. She was named first team All-Canadian at the National Championship tournament and was awarded the Nann Copp Award as the CIAU's Most Outstanding Player of the Year, averaging 16.5 points per game (prior to the establishment of a 3 point line), 47% on shooting and a league-leading 95% on free-throw shooting. This same season fittingly saw her named UVic Female Athlete of the Year and British Columbia Amateur Basketball Association's Female Player of the Year.

Tracie was a member of the Canadian National Team for six years (1981-86) and competed in many international tournaments including a Bronze medal in the Jinan International Tournament, Jinan, China; fourth place in the Cuban International Tournament, Camaquey, Cuba; and the Gold Medal in the Jones Cup Tournament held in Taiwan. SPONSORED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA VIKES


Victoria enjoys a stellar sports history and we celebrate the many athletes, teams and builders who have contributed to that history.  Our displays are seen at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre (1925 Blanshard St.)  through Gate Three.


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