In History

Graduates of the School of Physical Education and Recreation are some of the leading pioneers in many fields.  Read and learn about some of our proud alumni here.

Our ‘In History’ alumni profiles are made possible by UBC Athletics Historian, Fred Hume. (pictured on the right)

UBC Athletics historian and long-time football statistician, Fred Hume entered the UBC Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 nearly 22 years after he began working to uncover the great UBC teams, athletes and builders of sport dating back to 1915. The UBC graduate’s efforts soon resulted in the establishment and development of the UBC Sports Hall of Fame which has been instrumental in re-connecting the university with hundreds of its most accomplished athletic alumni encouraging them to become more directly involved with the campus and their former teams.

As UBC’s first and sole Athletics historian, Hume also serves as an information resource for coaches, students and faculty together with campus, local and national media. Much of UBC’s now established historical sport information including all-time lists, sport histories, sport records and historical highlights is a result of his original research – information of value to Athletics’ Development and Sports Information teams as well as to the university.

Joanie Webster

Bachelor of Physical Education, 1980 One is immediately struck by Joanie Webster’s passion, exuberance and energy. The 1980 Recreation in Education graduate was a “builder” and student leader at UBC from the mid 1970s through 1990, particularly in the areas of Intramurals and Recreation. Together with Nestor Korchinsky, both of whom are visionaries, Joanie helped […]

Thelma Wright

Bachelor of Physical Education, 1973 The petite, energetic and charismatic Thelma Wright is UBC’s most prominent track and cross-country athlete. The 1973 Physical Education and 1974 Education graduate is presently the only UBC female track athlete to appear in two Olympics and has won medals at Commonwealth, Pan American and World Student Games and at […]

Terry McKaig

Bachelor of Human Kinetics, 1997 The amazing story of Varsity baseball at UBC is tied to 1997 Kinetics graduate Terry McKaig. It was the hiring of McKaig that same year as UBC’s head baseball coach that proved to be the key in launching to unexpected heights this resurrected program. Terry as a player had made […]

Ron Paterson

Bachelor of Physical Education, 1979 UBC Phys. Ed (Kinesiology) graduate Ron Paterson is one of the better known sports “personalities” in Vancouver and one who has given back to the game of hockey. During the 1970s Ron was one of the best amateur hockey goalies in BC, if not Canada. For four years beginning in […]

Roger Jackson

Bachelor of Physical Education, 1967 Roger Jackson is not only one of Canada’s most heralded athletes but for more than four decades has worked to raise the sights of Canada’s academic, medical and Olympic endeavours. Jackson graduated from UBC with a BPE in 1967 after having become nationally recognized as a rower with UBC’s Eights […]

Reid Mitchell

Bachelor of Physical Education, 1949 UBC’s Physical Education (Kinesiology) faculty has been the career launching pad for many well-known coaches, teachers and athletes. Reid Mitchell proved to be a good example in addition to being one of the originals. In fact Reid not only was a member of UBC’s inaugural Physical Education graduating class of […]

Manny Sobral

Bachelor of Physical Education, 1993 1993 Kinesiology and Education graduate Manny Sobral has taken a most unique path among those who have graduated from UBC. Born in Spain, Manny’s family emigrated to Canada when he was 5 years old. At age 13 in an attempt to shed weight, he started boxing at the gym at […]

Ken Winslade

Bachelor of Physical Education, 1960 Ken Winslade is one of UBC’s all-time basketball greats and is also considered one of the lower mainland’s best city administrators. A native of New Westminster, Ken graduated from UBC Physical Education as the top student of his 1960 class. Not only a top student during his five years at […]

John Haar

Bachelor of Physical Education, 1968 Not many UBC Kinesiology graduates have pursued a career in baseball and be honoured with induction into the Canada Baseball Hall of Fame. In fact only one KIN grad fits that complete description and he is 1968 graduate John Haar. As a student at UBC Haar can be considered one […]

Joanne Sargent

Bachelor of Physical Education, 1973 UBC’s Physical Education faculty has been home to many of BC’s best basketball players. One such student, a graduate in Education with a 1973 Physical Education (Kinesiology) degree, is Joanne Sargent. While playing for the Blue & Gold between 1968/69 and 1972/73 she starred on three Canadian champions, two of […]