Victoria sports legend and Order of Canada member Kathy Shields has gone next level.
The hall-of-fame coach of the UVic Vikes women’s basketball team was “invested” into the Order of Canada in a Wednesday ceremony hosted by Governor General Julia Payette at the B.C. Parliament Building in Victoria.
The long-time coach was first named to the Order of Canada in 2016. Her “investment” within that Order is based on her work on the basketball court as a player and a coach, and for her outspoken advocacy in advancing women in coaching.
Throughout her 22-year run as head coach of the Vikettes, as they team was known at the time, Shields compiled a remarkable 320-50 regular season record and won eight national titles. She was also part of Canada’s fourth-place finish at the 1984 Summer Olympics as the assistant coach.
Shields is a member of the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame, Basketball Canada Hall of Fame as well as the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.