Brentwood Alum, 'Ro' Hindson ('69), inducted to the BC Sports Hall of Fame
Brentwood would like to extend its congratulations to Brentwood Alumni and Canadian rugby stalwart, Robert ‘Ro’ Hindson, Class of ’69 (Whittall) on his recent induction into the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Ro’s children Will, Whittall ’09 (rowing & rugby), Ben, Whittall ’11 (basketball & rugby) and Emily, Alex ’12 (volleyball) also distinguished themselves as athletes on Brentwood's varsity teams.
Induction recognizes excellence in sport, contribution to sport and the impact on sport in British Columbia, in the categories of athlete, team, builder, media, pioneer, and W.A.C. Bennett. After extensive review, discussion and debate, the Selection Committee submitted their recommendations to the Board of Trustees of the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Out of over 100 nominations received, the Board confirmed a slate of nine individuals and one team for induction as part of its 2013 class.
This is the bio used for Ro Hindson’s induction into the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Congratulations Ro!
ROBERT ‘RO’ HINDSON – Rugby
For eighteen years, when rugby foes looked across the pitch at Canadian and BC teams they were faced with an imposing sight— towering 6’5” Robert ‘Ro’ Hindson. Yet, Hindson was more than simply height. As one of the best all-round rugby players Canada has ever produced, he could beat you with power, agility, excellent ball skills with both hands and feet, and surprising speed. His unique skill set made him a dominant presence in both the 15-a-side and 7-a-side versions of the game. When Hindson retired in 1990, he had accumulated a record 31 international caps. Two of those caps were earned representing Canada against Ireland and Wales at the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987. Twice Hindson was selected for international matches overseas alongside players from some of the biggest rugby-playing nations on the planet. In 1974, the Irish Rugby Football Union selected Hindson to play for the Irish Wolfhounds in two matches and as a reserve in a third for the President’s XV against the full Ireland side. Few Canadian players had ever been recognized in this way previously. Thirteen years later, Hindson was the only Canadian player selected to play for the South Pacific Barbarians on a tour of South Africa.