An all-round athlete, Ted Hunt excelled in rugby, skiing, football, and boxing. He was the recipient of the “BC Athlete of the Year” award in 1957 and UBC’s Bobby Gaul Trophy in 1958 (awarded in recognition of sportsmanship, leadership, and ability). Ted married swimmer Helen Stewart, who was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 1968.
Hunt captained the UBC Thunderbirds rugby team and the Kats Rugby Football Club (both multiple trophy winners), as well as the BC team that held the Canadian championship title from 1958-69 (no championships held from 1960-66). He was a member of the BC team whose international victories included defeating Australia’s Wallabies in 1958 and the British Lions in 1966.
Amazingly, Hunt had not played any competitive football until his first pro game with the BC Lions. He played with the Lions from 1957-59, in his first year named “Rookie of the Year.” The following season he was named “Most Valuable Canadian.”
In 1951, Hunt was the Western Canadian four-way ski champion, an event consisting of a combination of cross-country, downhill, slalom, and ski-jumping. Hunt was named to the Canadian Olympic ski-jumping team in 1952 and the world championship team in 1954 (Federation International De Ski). He took eighth place at the 1954 Swedish national ski jumping championships.
Hunt played seven seasons with the Vancouver Burrards lacrosse team, winning the Canadian Mann Cup championships in 1961 and 1964.
Unbelievably, Hunt retained an undefeated record in lightweight boxing during his four-and-a-half years at UBC. He was named Golden Gloves “Best Boxer” in 1957.
Hunt is also inducted in the UBC Sports Hall of Fame. For his UBC biography, please visit www.ubcsportshalloffame.com