E.A. "Ted" Hunt
Inducted 2010
Ted Hunt was an outstanding athlete who excelled in rugby, skiing, Canadian football, boxing and box lacrosse and is a member of both the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame (1972) as an all-round athlete and the University of British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame (1993) as a rugby athlete.
Hunt began his rugby career as a scrum half at Lord Byng High
School and with the Vindex club in the Vancouver Rugby Union Second Division. He remained as a scrum half at university until be was moved to standoff because of his athleticism, strategic thinking and leadership.
Under coaches Albert Laithwaite and Max Howell, the UBC Thunderbirds relied on Hunt to direct their teams using his superb passing, kicking and running skills. While he was at UBC, Hunt played for the university against Oxford-Cambridge Universities, twice for British Columbia against the Barbarians and in the World Cup contests against University of California (Berkeley).
Hunt took a reprieve from rugby in 1957 and 1958 to play professional football with the British Columbia Lions but returned to rugby to play twice against Australia, the British Lions and tour Eastern Canada and Japan with British Columbia, the latter with his former coach and mentor Howell.
He joined the Kats club in 1958 and was their captain for fifteen years while they enjoyed many Miller and Rounsefell Cup victories. His selection to the Vancouver Representative team in the McKechnie Cup series was almost automatic in that period.
Unable to make the full 1962 Canada tour to the United Kingdom, Hunt joined them as a replacement but was injured and had to return home.
Overseas teams who came to British Columbia soon learned that Hunt was a shrewd and talented player and captain. Among those he faced were Australia, Yawata RFC (Japan), New Zealand Universities, Japan, Scotland, New Zealand, British Lions and England. When the National Championship resumed in 1966, Hunt captained British Columbia to the Carling Bowl. In 1966, Canada played its first International since 1932 against the British Lions, and Hunt was again the captain.
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