Delve into the annals of Vikes history with the newly released UVic Athletics: A Tradition of Excellence

New book explores the Vikes’ McKinnon years

Delve into the annals of Vikes history with the newly released UVic Athletics: A Tradition of Excellence, The McKinnon Years

Delve into the annals of Vikes history with the newly released UVic Athletics: A Tradition of Excellence, The McKinnon Years.

Published by the University of Victoria Libraries, in partnership with the Vikes Athletics and Recreation, the joint publication chronicles the rich history of the school’s athletics.

Written by local sportswriter and former UVic Harvey Southam Lecturer Tom Hawthorn, and richly illustrated with archival photographs from the UVic Libraries Special Collections and University Archives,  and Vikes Athletics, the book outlines the 40 years of sporting excellence and facilities that define “the McKinnon Years.”

The book “celebrates the vital importance of sporting accomplishments within the life of the university,” university librarian Jonathan Bengtson says in his introduction.

With a foreword by Ken and Kathy Shields, the publication highlights the history and achievements of the teams, coaches and players of basketball, cross-country and track, field hockey, golf, rowing, rugby, soccer and swimming at the school.

A timeline also compliments the publication, beginning starting with the birth of Archie McKinnon in 1896 and concluding with a section on the new Lynda & Murray Farmer Walk of Excellence.

In his preface, Clint Hamilton, UVic athletics and recreation director, reflects upon the incredible legacy of athletic excellence associated with UVic Athletics.

“We will never say good-bye to the many great memories, stories and achievements that occurred during the McKinnon era,” Hamilton said.

“With the opening of our new facility we have ensured a way to remember, share, celebrate and inspire through the Lynda and Murray Farmer Walk of Excellence. This along with our new McKinnon book are powerful ways for us to pay tribute to the many stories and accomplishments associated with Vikes athletics.”

Available in a limited edition of 2,700 print copies, the book is also available in a free PDF and flip book versions at govikesgo.com/McKBook.