Geraldine (GED) Griffiths
Inducted 2015

Although Griffiths began her career as a player with Richmond in 1981, she subsequently also graced the lineups of Pocomo, Ex-Britannia, SFU, Douglas and United and was captain while with the first three clubs. She organized the first women's team at Ex-Britannia in 1988 and was coach/captain much of the time when winning the provincial championships in 1995, 1996 and 1998. With the demise of this club, Griffiths joined SFU for a season before moving to Douglas in 2001 as head coach and in four years won provincial titles with the Premier (2001-02), 2nd division (2002-03) and Under 18 (2002-03) teams.

After Douglas and Pocomo merged to form United in 2005, Griffiths spent three years as an assistant coach and occasional player with them before resurrecting the Brit-Lions, who had moved to Delta, in 2008 and she remained with them as a part-time player and coach until the present (2015). Her 2nd division team won the provincial title in 2009.

Griffiths also made her mark at the representative level. During the 1990s, she served as organizer/ coach/captain of several Vancouver Representative sides that competed in the Hellerud-Brown series. She was a member of the senior provincial team 10 times from 1986 to 1998 and was captain on nine occasions. The team was the national champion in 1991 and 1995 and in 1999 she was the manager.

From 1995 to 2002 she coached Burnsview Secondary School and from 2003 until the present (2015) coached North Delta Secondary School. In 2003, she was a selector and the coach of British Columbia's first-ever Under 17 side when they defeated Alberta twice and was coach of the side that won the bronze medal at the 2004 national championships. She coached Fraser Valley Under 19 in 2005 and 2006 and Zone 4 in the 2006, 2008 and 2010 British Columbia Summer Games.

Griffiths earned three caps for Canada at the 1993 Canada Cup event and missed going to the 1994 Rugby World Cup because of a broken collarbone. She also had two years service for Rugby Canada on the Domestic Competition and Discipline Committees.

Between 1989 and 1998, she served as vice-president and president of the West Coast Women's Rugby Association, helped to write its constitution and returned as president from 2002 to 2004. The tireless Griffiths was duly acknowledged three times for her outstanding contributions to women's rugby at many levels. She received the Women in Rugby Award from the Vancouver Rugby Union in 1992, the Joan Spray Award from the BCRU in 2002 and a trophy named in her honour, the Ged Griffiths Cup, was given to the provincial 2nd division women's winner in 2005. Since then, Griffiths has participated in the game as a player, coach and has presented the award several times.

Without a doubt, 'Ged' Griffiths' influence as a player, coach, referee, manager and administrator over 34 years has been enormous, and her induction into the BC Rugby Hall of Fame is a fitting recognition of her presence and leadership in the women's rugby community.

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