Alex Mahood has been known as the "heart and soul" of rugby on the North Shore of Vancouver since the 1960s.
Alex graduated from North Vancouver High School, after which he took a job in the North Shore shipyards building freighters for the war effort. As soon as he was old enough, however, he enlisted in the army and was posted overseas in England and France. After the war, Alex worked at the world-renowned G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre until his retirement in 1983.
Upon his return to the North Shore after the war, Alex began
playing rugby for the North Shore All-Blacks and continued playing for them until 1964, becoming the club's longest serving playing member. During his playing career, he also played for the Vancouver Reps., the Nor-West Reps., and BC in some memorable matches against the Australian Wallabies, Queens University, Belfast, and the combined Oxford-Cambridge University side.
Upon his retirement, after 18 playing seasons, Alex took up coaching the North Shore All-Blacks and the Nor-West Reps.
After the amalgamation of the North Shore All-Blacks and the West Vancouver Barbarians in 1969, Alex became very involved in the development and growth of the newly formed Capilano Rugby Football Club and continued to serve on the Club's Executive Committee as Director of Grounds. He was pivotal in the establishment of Klahanie Park as the home of rugby on the North Shore and in the building of "Bob Spray" field, and the clubhouse, which includes the "Alex Mahood Room".
Alex has received many awards for his contribution to sport and rugby, including being elected as a Life Member of the Vancouver Rugby Union and the Capilano Rugby Club. Alex was the recipient of the Jack Patterson Memorial Trophy in 1969 and, in 2005, received the Lifetime Contribution to Community Sport Award at the North Shore Sports Awards.