The University of British Columbia will be honouring their top swimmers and coaches that competed from 1998-2007, giving recognition for the 10 men’s championships and 10 women’s championships won during those years.
Over that particular decade UBC produced 42 international competitors which includes Canadian great Brian Johns who despite his retirement still holds the current Canadian record in the long and short course 400 IM as well as the short course 200 IM and several relays. Johns will be inducted into the Hall of Fame as an athlete.
Tom Johnson who was the head coach of UBC during this period will also be receiving an honour, being the only entry in the Builder category.
Johnson came to UBC in 1989 and completely revamped the program to build what is now the modern program at UBC. He served as a Canadian Olympic coach for 10 different Olympic teams.
Along with Johnson and Johns who will be receiving honours, Kelly Stefanyshyn will be inducted into the Athlete category.
The 10 UBC teams as well as the aforementioned athletes and coaches will be honoured at the Big Block Awards and Sports Hall of Fame dinner, which will take place on April 7 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
The coaches and swimmers will be in great company as members of the 1964-65 swim team, who won the first ever CIS Championships (then CIAU), are expected to be present. That team won the first ever national title in any sport for UBC, and set a tradition of excellence that has been present ever since.