Homework? What homework? I've got practices to attend.

Chris hoists the National Lacrosse League's Champions Cup in 2004 in front of a sold out Calgary Saddledome crowd.

Hall displays his outstanding scoring touch for the UVic Vikings.

Team Canada's Hall defends in big win over Syracuse University at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore

A five sport athlete in baseball, basketball, football, rugby and lacrosse, Chris starred on many junior and senior teams in Victoria before turning his focus to lacrosse in his mid-twenties.

In basketball Chris was a national junior all star and MVP with the Victoria Chinooks and UVic Junior Varsity then went on to star with the Vikings and later the Senior Men's Scorpions and Datatech teams. In football, Chris was an outstanding receiver and kicker with the BC Football Conference Dolphins and was named to the all-time Victoria team. In rugby, Chris first played for Velox then moved on to first division with the James Bay Athletic Association. In baseball, Chris was an infielder with the Victoria Senior Amateur All Stars and spent a year in the Southern Baseball League with Swift Current just prior to being drafted by the Boston Bolts of the National Lacrosse League in 1975.

From that point, Chris launched a storied career in Canada's National Summer Sport. He spent nine years as a player and ten years as Head Coach of the Victoria Shamrocks, winning three Mann Cups along the way, and is a member of the Shamrocks Wall of Fame. In field lacrosse, Chris co-founded the senior A Men's Victoria Seasprays/Royal Waxmen Club that set lacrosse history in Canada by winning 14 Ross Cup national championships. The team also went on to win three North American Brogden Cup Championships and was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2011.

Chris was an outstanding defenseman with Canada's National Field Lacrosse Team through three World Championships, winning two silver medals and a bronze, and was selected to the All World Team at the World Games in Los Angeles in 1984. He then went on to become Head Coach of the National Team through two more World Championships, winning a silver and bronze.

In box lacrosse, Chris was named Head Coach of the National Lacrosse League Calgary Roughnecks expansion team in 2002 and, in three years, won the NLL Championship. After six years in Calgary he went on to become Head Coach of the San Jose Stealth and won another NLL title when the team moved to Washington in 2012, becoming only the second coach in the history of the league to win titles with two different teams.

Chris spent 12 years as a Head Coach in the NLL, was a five-time All Star Game coach and retired this year as the 3rd all time wins leader. He was nominated and won election as an NLL Hall of Fame inductee Class of 2014. Chris was also the Head Coach of Team England and has taken that country through the last two World Box Championships in Halifax and Prague. Along the way, Chris also found time to spearhead a committee to have field lacrosse accepted as the official Demonstration Sport of the 1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games, and chaired the Games Volunteer Recruitment and Orientation Committee responsible for the 15,000 Games volunteers.

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Maureen Hibberson

Maureen Hibberson

Maureen's interest in sports started by playing tennis on the grass court in the backyard of the family home. When it was converted to a victory garden during World War II, she attended a summer tennis program on clay courts at the B.C. Electric Tennis Club under instructor Jim Bardsley.

Her career soon ignited as a student at UBC. Maureen competed in badminton, field hockey and swimming, and she won an unprecedented nine Big Blocks (four badminton, four swimming and one field hockey), a record that held for several years.

Her career in badminton started with winning the B.C. Junior Badminton Championships in her first year at UBC. She followed this up by reaching the B.C. finals the following year. In 1950 Maureen helped UBC win the Washington State invitational badminton tournament, and with her partner, Anne Munro, won the ladies' doubles in straight games. She capped the year by representing B.C. at the Canadian Badminton Championships in Winnipeg.

Maureen was taught to swim at age 4 by the great Archie McKinnon, and was an integral part of the swim team during her years at UBC. She was the team's best at breast stroke and a member of the freestyle relay team, but her specialty was synchronized swimming in which she was considered a pioneer in B.C.

In 1949 the UBC School of Physical Education sponsored B.C.'s first Synchronized Swimming Championship. UBC did not win the team title but Maureen won the individual championship. She also represented B.C in the Canadian Synchronized Swim Championships in Winnipeg.

Maureen was a member of UBC's very strong field hockey team that dominated both the local and U.S. Pacific Northwest competitions. The team won the Vancouver City League and the Women's Northwest Field Hockey Tournament in 1950, having had no goals scored against it during tournament play.

Maureen played competitive badminton from age 14 to 74. She played at the Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club, the Carlton Club in Toronto, the Victoria Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club, Victoria Racquet Club and the Brentwood Community Badminton Club. Her illustrious career included 7 Club titles, 20 City titles, 4 Pacific Northwest titles, 40 Provincial titles, 6 National titles and 2 International titles. Remarkably, Maureen won these titles at the junior, open, senior, masters, grand master and golden master levels.

In 1958 Maureen took up golf after tearing her knee cartilage. She has competed in the B.C. Summer Games winning four gold and two silver medals. In 1981 Maureen won a spot on the City Zone team and went to the Senior Women's Provincial Championship. She was named as an alternate to the B.C. Senior Women's golf team for the Canadian Championship on Cape Breton Island and has been a member of the Hunting Cup team 12 times - an annual competition between Victoria and Vancouver. She still golfs several times a week.

Maureen's exceptional athletic career at UBC led to her induction into the UBC Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.

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