Mark Wyatt
Inducted 2007
After appearing in all three Rugby World Cup games in 1987, Mark Wyatt became the second Victoria player to captain a Canada World Cup team when he led it in 1991 in France. His kicking talents first came to the fore in 1980 at Oak Bay Secondary School and then with James Bay Athletic Association for a year before honing and applying them with University of Victoria, Velox RFC, Vancouver Island Crimson Tide, British Columbia and Canada. Capped 29 times between 1982 and1991, he was Canada's top point scorer with 263 when he retired in 1991.
Comfortable at fly half or full back, his ability to kick with
either foot made him a selector's dream. In 1991 against Japan, he kicked seven conversions, one penalty goal and scored his first try ever try for Canada, and in the same year against Scotland he established a world record with eight penalty goals.
Wyatt's abilities were recognized not only in Canada but also overseas where he played for the Barbarians against the North of England in 1988 and against Cardiff and Swansea during their 1991 Easter tour of south Wales. He also gained a place in 1991 for the World Invitational XV against Australia in celebration of that country's bicentennial. In his seven appearances for Canada in the Hong Kong Sevens between 1983 and 1991 he was captain three times.
Twice named Victoria's Male Athlete of the Year and inducted into the Greater Victoria Sport Hall of Fame, Wyatt's value to rugby as a player and leader was without question not only to British Columbia but also to his school, club and country.
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