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Ulla Hansen Inducted into the UVic Sports Hall of Fame

Ulla Hansen competing in the Toronto World Indoor Championships in 1993

Track and cross-country runner Ulla Hansen (Marquette) is one of a trio to be induced to the University of Victoria Sports Hall of Fame. The 2017 inductees, announced by UVic Vikes Athletics and Recreation, also include Carol Turney-Loos, and Spencer McKay.

Hansen is very privileged to be inducted. “It’s a great honour by UVic which has had, and continues to produce, so many dynamic and successful athletes and programs,” she said. “UVic was instrumental in my development as an international elite runner. I am deeply touched to be recognized as a member of the UVic Hall of Fame.”

Hansen’s career with the Vikes spanned 12 years from 1975 – 1987. During those years she won five individual CIAU medals and two CIAU relay golds between cross country and track competition. During her five years with the Vikes program, she helped her teams pick up four gold medals in Canada West cross-country competition and the 1987 CIAU Championship, along with a gold medal in the 1985 CIAU 4x800-metre relay event.

She was an 18-time member of Team Canada between track, cross-country and road racing, a nine-time medalist at the Canadian Track and Field Championships with three gold; a five-time medalist at the Canadian 10k Road Race Championships with three gold; and six-time qualifier for the national team at the Canadian Cross-Country Championships. She participated in many Victoria races, winning the TC10K four times (she still holds the 35-39 age-class record from 1995). She is also the Victoria 8k record holder from 1991.

She has many memorable moments in her illustrious career: “Competing in the Commonwealth Games 10,000 metres in my hometown with the support of family and friends was a great thrill; as was the 3000 metres in Toronto for the World Indoor Championships. When I was voted to be the Female Team Captain for the World Track & Field Championships in Stuttgart I felt really honoured that my fellow athletes wanted me to represent them.” Hansen now runs for the love of it with friends, mainly around Elk and Thetis Lakes. She is also lending her expertise to the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon as their High Performance Elite Athlete Coordinator.

McKay was a dominant player for men's basketball in the late 1980s and early 1990s, finishing as a five-time Canada West All-Star, a three-time All-Canadian and UVic's Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year in 1990-91. He owns the record for most points scored in a Vikes uniform with 1657, ranking him 16th all-time and 10th all-time in points-per-game in Canada West. McKay represented Canada in many international competitions and tours, including the Pan American Games, the World Student Games in Sheffield, England, the NBA Summer League and the FIBA World Championships in Toronto.

Turney-Loos spent two years with UBC, winning the national title in 1974 before moving on to play with UVic for the 1977-78 and 1979-80 seasons. The dynamic offensive talent led the Vikes to the national finals twice, winning in 1980 on the back of her MVP performance. She was named the inaugural Nan Copp Award winner as player of the year for her efforts. Turney-Loos represented Canada at the 1976 Olympic Games and would have competed in 1980 if not for Canada's boycott. She also played on the Canadian World Championship team that won bronze in 1979.

"We're proud to have three outstanding individuals join the UVic Sports Hall of Fame this year," said Clint Hamilton, Director of Vikes Athletics and Recreation and Chair of the Hall of Fame Committee. "These are three individuals who have made significant contributions not only to Vikes Athletics, but also to their sport on both the national and international levels. We're excited to recognize them as part of UVic's tradition of excellence in sports."

Founded in 2002, the Hall of Fame honours individuals who have contributed significantly to sport or recreation at the University as athletes, coaches, teams or as builders.The Class of 2017 will be inducted at the annual Celebration of Champions event on April 5, 2017, at the Victoria Conference Centre.
Hall of Fame Class of 2017 
Carol Turney-Loos, Basketball
Spencer McKay, Basketball
Ulla Hansen (Marquett), XC & Track

Hall of Fame Class of 2016
Lauren Woolstencroft, Alpine Skiing
Stephanie Dixon, Swimming
1981-82 Women's Rowing Crew

Hall of Fame Class of 2015
Phil Ohl, Basketball
Milena Gaiga, Field Hockey
Christin Petelski, Swimming

Hall of Fame Class of 2014
Jan Crook, Field Hockey
Dr. Dave Docherty, Rugby
Dr. Bruce Howe, Rugby

Hall of Fame Class of 2013
Silverado Socrates, Cross-country/Track
Nicci Wright, Soccer
Dr. Derek Ellis, Cross-country/Track, Builder

Hall of Fame Class of 2012
Michael Edgson, Swimming
Lynne Beecroft, Field Hockey
1981-82 Women's Basketball team

Hall of Fame Class of 2011
Greg Streppel, Swimming
Eric Hinrichsen, Basketball
1970-71 Men's Rugby Team

Hall of Fame Class of 2010
Laurelee Kopeck, Field Hockey
Tracie McAra (Sibbald), Basketball

Hall of Fame Class of 2009
Kelly Dukeshire, Basketball
Carey Nelson, Cross Country
1983 Men's Rowing, Varsity Eight

Hall of Fame Class of 2007
Gary Dukelow, Rugby
Robyn Meagher, Cross Country/Track
Deb Whitten, Field Hockey

Hall of Fame Class of 2006
Kirsten Barnes, Rowing
Gerald Kazanowski, Basketball
Luanne Krawetz (Hebb), Basketball
Howard Petch, Builder
1975 Men's Soccer, Team

Hall of Fame Class of 2005
Rochelle Low, Field Hockey
Robbie Parris, Basketball
Eli Pasquale, Basketball
Pam Rai, Swimming
Mark Wyatt, Rugby

Hall of Fame Class of 2004
Jon Kelly, Swimming
Al Morrow, Rowing
Debbie Scott, Cross Country/Track
1984-85 Women's Field Hockey, Team

Hall of Fame Class of 2003
Howard Gerwing, Rugby
Nancy Mollenhauer (Charlton), Field Hockey
Derek Porter, Rowing
1979-80 Men's Basketball, Team

Hall of Fame Class of 2002
Lorne Loomer, Rowing
Wally Milligan, Soccer
Gareth Rees, Rugby
Ken Shields, Basketball
Kathy Shields, Basketball

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