Town Talk: Celebrating the 13th man

CUP CAPPED: Some 600 folk supported UBC’s Thunderbirds football team at a fundraising banquet this week. Staged by the 13th Man Foundation, the Hyatt Regency event recognized the team outplaying the U of Montreal Carabins for the Vanier Cup Nov. 28.

Fronting the event with T-birds head coach Blake Nill was foundation director David Sidoo, the former B.C. Lion and six-season Saskatchewan Roughrider who led UBC to its first cup win in 1982. Five-time Grey Cup-winning quarterback Warren Moon, was guest speaker.

Premier Christy Clark and UBC president pro-tem Martha Piper sent congratulations. Lieutenant-governor Judith Guichon actually attended, although confessedly a supporter of her native Montreal’s Alouettes and possibly Carabins squads. As T-bird players marched in, B.C. Lions’ GM-head coach Wally Buono likely knew the potential of each better than they did themselves.

Photo Credit: Malcolm Parry, PNG

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