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Long-time Greater Victoria area photographer and sports reporter, Christian J. Stewart has been named to the position of Assistant General Manager, Ticketing and Media with the Victoria HarbourCats baseball team.
“Stewart was an original part of the HarbourCats organization prior to the team’s first pitch,” shared Managing Partner, Jim Swanson. “He takes over many of the roles previously held by Brittany Wilson (nee French), who recently married former HarbourCats coach Andrew Wilson.”
The HarbourCats play in the West Coast League of baseball. The team has set several league, city and team attendance records over the past few years including being the first WCL team to break 40,000 in paid attendance, they eclipsed 50,000 in 2016 and over 70,000 in 2017 including post-season and exhibition games.
It starts with a quality product on the diamond. The team has broken league records for regulation wins as well as a consecutive win streak from the start of the season at 19.
“We look for talent on the field and are fortunate that we seem to attract good people, including the key people in the front office, with Christian and GM Brad Norris-Jones, as well as the others that we are announcing today, Katrinka, Anna and Lyandra. We also have John Pollard, Charlie Strandlund (2017) and this year Dave Auger. It really shows that we have great options and work with quality human beings.”
“I am super excited to be joining the HarbourCats in an expanded role with the team. I am looking forward to working with our staff, our existing fan base and our corporate sponsors to improve the already fantastic HarbourCats entertainment experience, as well as introducing many new fans to HarbourCats baseball,” said Stewart.
Stewart is more than a photographer and journalist. He is well-versed in the game of baseball having grown up playing it and later coaching the sport. He is also an actor, commercial photographer and freelance content creator.
“We’ve never really had that in-house at this level, at his engagement. He’s already doing tech things with our ticketing program, and web interfaces, that will take us to the next level, and matched with the schedule we have this year – an improvement over last year’s, we expect great things from the coming season,” added Swanson.
Stewart will continue to provide the team with the game-action and team photography that the fans have come to know and love.
Also joining the HarbourCats is Katrinka Green, whose family has looked after 11 players over the past three seasons. Green, a native Nova Scotian is well-known from her time working with Royal Roads University, is the Host Family Coordinator, and will work side-by-side with Stewart, Norris-Jones and the coaching staff to ensure our players are well-cared for while members of the HarbourCats. Green, a Victoria resident for 20 years, now works for Adamek Financial.
“Katrinka’s energy and understanding of the host family needs make her a perfect choice for this key role in our organization, moving forward for 2018,” said Norris-Jones. “The Greens are all-involved, their son Ryder has been a bat boy, Katrinka’s husband Tyler helps out with field duties, and they’ve been a great home-away-from-home for players such as Hunter Vansau, Harrison Bragg, Josh Mitchell, and others.”
Named to the role of Gameday Operations Coordinator, working closely with Norris-Jones, is Anna James, an Aussie who formerly worked for the Australian Baseball League when it was operated by Major League Baseball. James is in Victoria to attend UVic and complete a journalism degree, and has written for Fox Sports, Huffington Post and many other notable outlets. She looked after gameday operations for the Brisbane Bandits baseball club, and further, fits quite well in Canada – James once worked for the Australian Ice Hockey League.
“Anna is a great new addition who will work closely with Brad to deliver excellence in the area of fan experience at Royal Athletic Park, looking after the details that make all the difference,” said Swanson. “Anna is such a fun person to be around. Anna loves baseball, and really understands the important roles that make fans feel welcome.”
The last staffing addition for the summer is the exciting announcement that Lyandra (Andy) White will be assuming the gameday role of Box Office Manager. Formerly the team’s Ticketing Manager, White will work with Stewart to ensure a smooth entry for all fans on game days at RAP.
“Andy’s experience and understanding of our systems will be invaluable, she knows our people and our fans, and has been part of the HarbourCats from the beginning,” said Norris-Jones. “The work Andy does will allow Christian and Anna to focus on other important parts of the HarbourCats game experience.”
The HarbourCats are also adding Camosun students Hamilton Mack and Giuliana Crozier to the mix, two local products who will be assisting Brad, Anna, Breyn Banks, and our media production crew of Jason King, Dan Salmon and Dave Marshall with all things gameday.