May 11th, 2018 — Dylan Uhrich, above, of Sir Charles Tupper won the 3000, 1500, and 800 meter junior boys races at the 2018 Vancouver high school track meet held at UBC. Below, Quinton Braziller of Sir Charles Tupper in a dramatic finish over Killarny’s Daniel Soliven and Lord Byng’s Ben Paetzel won the 1500 meter senior boys race. Braziller also won the 800 meters. Also below, Annika Austin and Manon Plouvier of Kitsilano were first and second in the 3000, 1500, and 800 meter senior girls races.
May 11th, 2018 — The Vancouver high school track meet started yesterday at Point Grey High School and finished today at UBC. In the 1950’s and 1960’s this meet known as the Vancouver and District Inter-High School Track and Field Meet was the biggest sporting event in Vancouver. A week of qualifying heats at Empire Stadium covered extensively with words and pictures by both newspapers with speculation as to who would beat Percy Williams record, who would be the next Harry Jerome; would it be Don Basham or Barrie Ihaksi? The finals held the following week was a designated school day so every student from every school was there, twenty thousand of them, screaming their heads off. There was a story in the home editions of the Vancouver Sun during the day updating the positions of the leading schools and when the meet was over a 72 point headline with the winning school’s name at the top of the final edition and pages of pictures inside. As you can see from my picture above showing the senior boys 1500 meters running by the grandstands at UBC things have changed a lot since then. Not many spectators, no mention at all in the local news, and possibly a quote from a mother sums it up, “My daughter qualified for the 400 meters but didn’t really want to come because she didn’t want to miss class”. The picture below from the Vancouver School Board archives shows a small section of the crowd in 1950.
July 24th, 1974 — At the end of the 1974 spring term the above photograph of UBC students camping on Wreck Beach for lack of housing on campus ran in the Vancouver Province newspaper. UBC promised they would do something but when I went back in September I found John Villeneuvei (bottom picture) living in a tent on Wreck Beach with his wife and dog and it was for the same reason, no affordable housing for students on campus or in the city. In the early 70’s basement suites in west side houses were illegal and cheap Kitsilano apartments were being turned into condos. Kind of like today except for the basement suites which is why the federal government has just announced a program to subsidize low income renters. We’ll see what happens.
September 12th, 1974 — UBC student John Villeneuvei
May 3rd, 2016 — There were some nice sprints at the Escape Velocity Tuesday night criterium held last night for the first time this year at UBC including this one for fourth, second, and third between Lief Rodgers, Adrien Thevent, and Paul Blomerus. More pictures can be seen in the gallery section to your right or just click on the picture above.
May 19th, 2015 — Dylan Davies sprinting for the finish line to win the Cat 1 class at Tuesday’s Escape Velocity Criterium at UBC. More pictures below.