In History

Graduates of the School are some of the leading pioneers in many fields. UBC Athletics historian, Fred Hume has amassed a list of notable Kin Alumni athletes who have achieved great things in their athletics career and after. Read and learn about some of our proud athletic alumni here.

Our thanks go to Fred Hume for his pioneer work as UBC’s first Athletics historian who also serves as an information resource for coaches, students and faculty(pictured on the right)

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.


Andrews, Shelley Winter

Graduating year: 1975
Degree: BPE
While playing for UBC 1975 through 1985 she was selected MVP, won the league sportsmanship award and was named the 1975/76 UBC female Athlete of the Year. From 1975 through 1986 Shelley was a member of Canada’s National team – her 12 years being the most of any BC woman in this sport.

Barnes, Bev (1951-2016)

Graduating year: 1973
Degree: BPE
Bev Barnes’ teammates and friends speak fondly of her when they refer to her as a “basketball player, coach and lunatic".

Bishop, Carole

Graduating year: 1973
Degree: BPE
With the national team, Carole competed in the Olympics, Pan-American games, World championships and North American championships. In European tournaments she was the MVP in 1975 and 1976, the latter year she was ranked the fourth best setter in the world.

Brown, May (1919-2019)

Graduating year: 1961
Degree: MPE
For decades May has been an advocate for UBC sports particularly women’s field hockey and swimming both of which she coached at UBC during the late 1940s and early 1950s. She has reached such esteem that UBC has created the May Brown Trophy which is awarded annually to the Outstanding Graduating Female Athlete of the Year.

Budd, Brian (1952-2008)

Graduating year: 1975
Degree: BPE
Born in Toronto but growing up in Delta, Brian was an all-around athlete entering UBC in 1970. In his first two years at UBC Budd swam for the Thunderbird swim team under coach Jack Pomfret. In his second year he focused on soccer and for four years played on the Thunderbird soccer team. In fact in 1974, Budd scored the winning goal in the CIS final game giving UBC the national soccer championship.

Butt, Debbie

Graduating year: 1989
Degree: BPE
One of Vancouver’s best known communication and community engagement professionals is 1989 UBC Kinesiology graduate Debbie Butt. Debbie, who as a student played Thunderbird Varsity soccer, specializes in the areas of fundraising, event planning, brand development, employee engagement and community partnerships.

Carkner, Bob (1935-2009)

Graduating year: 1958
Degree: BPE
Bob Carkner was a man with visions; visions of helping others while at the same time broadening the horizons and raising the social conscience of young people.

Cue, Victor (1929-2018)

Graduating year: 1951
Degree: BPE
In 1995 Cue was inducted into the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball Hall of Fame and is also an inductee in the Basketball BC Hall of Fame. The team he coached, the Dueck Powerglides, is an inductee in the BC Sports Hall of Fame.

Dang, Joe

Graduating year: 1960
Degree: BPE
A popular and energetic graduate of the class of 1960, Joe Dang is the first Canadian of Chinese descent to graduate from Physical Education – now Kinesiology. Joe was the manager of the Thunderbird football team during some of coach Frank Gnup’s most successful seasons.

Diewert, Gordon (1951 -1981)

Graduating year: 1973
Degree: BPE
Described as a prolific scholar with wide-ranging interests, Dr. Diewert also worked on issues such as reaction times in people who had been drinking. He was involved in the development of employment screening programs and was the author of several articles in academic journals.