Legendary Vikes women’s basketball coach Kathy Shields has added yet another honour after it was announced last week she is being named to the Order of Canada.
The Order of Canada is one of the country’s highest civilian honours and recognizes Canadians who have been high achievers in their fields, or have shown dedication or service to their community and country.
“When I was informed I was named a member of the Order of Canada I was tremendously surprised, proud and most of all humbled,” said Shields. “I wish I could share this honour with all my wonderful teammates who I trained and competed with all over the world. As well, this recognition is a tribute to all the amazing young women I have had the privilege to coach.
“I have been fortunate to have had a multitude of coaching colleagues, assistants and mentors, especially my husband, Ken, who have helped me and shared with me, my passion, the wonderful sport of basketball. I am truly honoured.”
This is just the latest in a long line of recognitions for Shields, who is already a member of the Basketball Canada Hall of Fame, Basketball B.C. Hall of Fame, University of Victoria Sports Hall of Fame and Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame. She received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal in 2003 and was named to the Order of B.C. in 2008.