Victoria teenage lacrosse star, Paul Gait, is said to have wrapped up an MVP performance at the 1985 Minto Cup national championships by stating that he and twin brother Gary's goals were to win the Minto and Mann cups and the NCAA field lacrosse title. The Gaits, virtually inseparable from the time they picked up tiny sticks playing backyard lacrosse to the point they joined the senior box ranks, won all three and more in their careers, chalking up no less than a dozen national or international titles.
Seen by some observers as the playmaking half of the duo, Paul scored his share of goals as well. His career highlights included scoring an incredible 29 goals and 29 assists in six games for the Esquimalt Legion to take MVP honours in the 1987 Minto Cup, and notching the winning goal to get Syracuse University into the 1988 NCAA final, which they won.
After college graduation, the brothers went their separate ways in the game, joining different senior teams and professional squads. They would rejoin each other in springtime to play for the Victoria Seasprays field team, with whom they won two national crowns.
Paul and Gary enjoyed a fitting homecoming in 1999, however, joining forces again with the senior Victoria Shamrocks. Not only did they win the Mann Cup on their home floor at Memorial Arena, the pair were named co-MVPs of the tournament.
It is most fitting that they enter the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame as individuals, yet together.