Leonard S.F. Leroy
Inducted 2006
Pioneer / Player
Born and schooled in England, Leonard Leroy was the premier player in Vancouver for eight years at the club, city, provincial and international levels. In 1966, he was one of the original nominees for the BC Sports Hall of Fame but was not selected.
Len came to Vancouver immediately after he left school and joined the Vancouver Rowing Club in 1925, the year he was selected to play for the Mainland against the New Zealand All Blacks. He captained the Club from 1928 to 1930 from his centre position until he retired in the mid Thirties.
A Vancouver Rowing Club member who saw him play said that
as a back he was a joy to behold for he could do everything and do it remarkably well.
Probably the most talented back to play in the 1925-1935 decade, Len made more appearances than did any of his peers against the touring sides from New Zealand, New South Wales and Japan. He captained Canada on its tour to Japan in 1932 and though injured in the first match he returned to play in the last two, including the second test.
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