Reginald Woodward
Inducted 2005
Reginald, or Reggie, and his brother Charles came to Vancouver, from England, in 1887. Reggie helped establish rugby in British Columbia and remained active for seventy years as a player, coach and administrator. He participated in what was reported as the first organized rugby match in Vancouver, on the Cambie Street grounds, and helped build the oval at Brockton Point so that cricket and rugby teams would have a place to play. In addition to his achievements in rugby, Reggie was also an active rowing athlete.
He was one of the founding fathers of the BCRU, representing the Vancouver delegation at the founding meeting in New
Westminster in 1889. He played local, national and international rugby until 1909 and coached for many years. He was instrumental in organizing the first rugby tours to California and encouraging touring teams to come to Vancouver. In 1908, he persuaded the Vancouver Rowing Club rugby team to join the City Senior League, and in 1910 the Rowing Club won the Miller Cup, going undefeated during that season and scoring 186 points to 5.
Reggie became the Vancouver Rowing Club's Captain in 1916, served on the executive, including being its President from 1919 to 1921, a Director until 1928, its Vice - President until 1933, and Honourary Vice - President from 1933 onward. His seventy-six year membership in the Vancouver Rowing Club made him the longest continuous member for the Club, for which he was made a Honourary Life Member.
He acted as a representative for BC at the formation of the Rugby Union of Canada in 1929, and was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 1967 as a Builder.
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