Gilles Lepine (left), senior athletics director at UBC, kids with Clint Hamilton, director of UVic athletics and recreation as their schools prepare to battle it out for the first ever Legends Cup series. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

Gilles Lepine (left), senior athletics director at UBC, kids with Clint Hamilton, director of UVic athletics and recreation as their schools prepare to battle it out for the first ever Legends Cup series. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

UVic, UBC rivalry gets official status with launch of Legends Cup

Bragging rights, coveted trophy on the line in new series between longstanding rivals

The rivalry between athletes from UVic and UBC is nothing new, but the Legends Cup, a new competition launched Tuesday marks the first year one of the schools will walk away with the official bragging rights the two universities have been taunting one another with for decades.

“This rivalry can be traced back to the early 1900s,” said Clint Hamilton, director of Vikes Athletics and Recreation. “A tradition began where people from [UBC] would travel across the waters for what they called the Victoria invasion.”

The Legends Cup will be awarded annually to either UVic or UBC based on a season-long series of competitions between teams in basketball, cross country, field hockey, rugby sevens, rowing and soccer.

The winning school will be awarded the cup by the athletic director of the losing school.

Laura Dowling, a former UBC women’s field hockey player, said when it came time to choose a school to pursue her athletic career there were really only two choices – UVic or UBC, two schools with the best athletic programs in the country.

She remembers clearly the first time she faced UVic at nationals in Oakville in 2003, when she scored the game-winning goal.

“It was always this energy that came when it was UVic and UBC [playing],” she said, adding the score was always close, a testament to the level of play. “When you raise the level of the challenge, you raise the skills… and the level of pride.”

Because many of the athletes grow up playing with and against one another before reaching university-level play, there is a familiarity and energy that drives the rivalry, said Tracy David, head coach of the Vikes women’s soccer team.

“I can’t tell you how many sleepless nights I have had trying to figure out how to beat UBC,” she said, calling it a “prestigious rivalry” well-known beyond Western Canada.

“It is never difficult to motivate your athletes to play against UBC,” she explained. “UBC brings out the best in us always. They are tough, they are physical, they are competitive. It is the one game that our team looks forward to all year and it is the one game we love to win.”

And, it doesn’t matter the sport, she added.

The series is intended to both honour and inspire current and former athletes, Hamilton said.

“We’re talking about leaders in sport, we’re talking about phenomenal athletes … so the word ‘legends’ quickly came to the surface,” he said.

The Legends Cup Series kicks off this Saturday (Sept. 1) at 2 p.m., when the Vikes women’s soccer team plays host to UBC at Centennial Stadium.

kristyn.anthony@vicnews.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

UVic Vikes

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Allayah Yoli Thomas had recently turned 12 years old when she died of a suspected drug overdose April 15. (Courtesy of Adriana Londono)
Suspected overdose death of Saanich girl, 12, speaks to lack of supports, says mom

Allayah Yoli Thomas was found dead by her friend the morning of April 15

The Malahat SkyWalk will open to visitors in July 2021. (Malahat SkyWalk photo)
Malahat SkyWalk will open to visitors this July

Highly anticipated attraction will take guests 250m above sea level

Illegal goods seized in the simultaneous April 23 busts in Saanich and Sooke. (Courtesy of West Shore RCMP)
RCMP drug busts net trucks, cocaine, cash and Hells Angels gear

Simultaneous searches coordinated between West Shore, Saanich and Sooke police

The Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre on Wilkinson Road in Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)
Police watchdog investigates after man found unresponsive at Saanich jail

Man was in Victoria police custody the day before being found

Protesters attempt to stop clear-cutting of old-growth trees in Fairy Creek near Port Renfrew. (Will O���Connell photo)
VIDEO: Workers, activists clash at site of Vancouver Island logging operation

Forest license holders asking for independent investigation into incident

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of May 4

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

(Black Press Media file photo)
POLL: Do you plan to travel on the Victoria Day long weekend?

It’s the unofficial start to the summer season. A time of barbecues,… Continue reading

More than 6,000 camping reservations in British Columbia were cancelled as a result of a provincial order limiting travel between health regions. (Unsplash)
1 in 4 camping reservations cancelled in B.C. amid COVID-19 travel restrictions

More than 6,000 BC Park campsite reservations for between April 19 and May 25 have been revoked

B.C. average home price and sales level to 2023, showing steep drop in sales expected next year. (Central 1)
Forecast calls for B.C. home sales to ‘explode,’ then drop off

Average price to rise another 10% in 2021, credit unions say

Members of Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. (File photo)
B.C.-wide #DayOfMusic to feature 100-plus free virtual concerts May 15

‘Our colleagues across the province have figured out new ways to perform and connect,’ VSO boss says

Two passengers were recently fined thousands of dollars after they faked their pre-flight COVID-19 test results. (Paul Clarke/Black Press)
2 passengers in Canada fined thousands for faking pre-flight COVID-19 tests

The government issued a warning Thursday to others thinking of doing the same – do it and you’ll be ordered to pay

(File)
With revenge porn on the rise in 2021, B.C. seeks feedback for new legislation

New legislation could help victims take down images and receive compensation

Port Alberni RCMP are investigating a homicide on Third Avenue. (SUSAN QUINN / Alberni Valley News)
RCMP investigating homicide in Port Alberni apartment

Investigators are still trying to determine the identity of the deceased

Most Read