Hall of Fame
Here we highlight some of Bays United’s best and brightest – past and present. When you work hard and persevere with passion you can achieve great things!
SEAN YOUNG is the is the first player from Vancouver Island to turn pro in the Canadian Premier League when he signed with Pacific FC. A former Bays player, Sean honed his skills on the pitch in our house league before becoming captain of the U13 Boys Gold team. He moved up to join Vancouver Island Wave at U14 and went on to win the Provincials with the U16 team in 2017. Sean was picked up by the Highlanders Reserve squad in the Pacific Coast Soccer League in 2018. The following year he played in both the USL League Two and was part of Vancouver Island Soccer League’s Westcastle United when they were victorious in the 2019 Jackson Cup. “Sean is a strong box-to-box midfielder with great capacity to get around the pitch,” said James Merriman, Associate Head Coach and Technical Director with Pacific FC. “We see great potential in adding him to our midfield core to further his development.” Congratulations Sean, and thanks for giving us something to brag about!
ASHLEY ROBERTS started with Bays United in U6 and developed her skills and techniques through regular training and technical camps over the course of eight years. During her final season with Bays at age 11, Ashley played a year up and was instrumental in helping the U13 Girls Gold team remain undefeated and win the league title, island title, Coastal Cup and Provincial Championships. That same season, Ashley won the Bays 2018 Stewart Memorial Award for effort, skill, sportsmanship and commitment. The following year, Ashley joined Vancouver Island Wave, where she was scouted to join the BC Soccer Provincial Program and eventually the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Pre Girls Elite U14 team, where she is now a prominent player. Her current coach says, “Ashley is a prime example of a player who continues to push herself to be a better soccer player. She puts in the time and always does so with a smile. Ashley is coachable, trusts her instincts and plays with confidence.” Ashley is grateful for the coaching and guidance provided to her by Eddie Mukahanana, Jackie Cunningham and Mike Bourassa while at Bays.
SLOAN DAVISON first started playing soccer with Bays United at age 5 (U6) and continued with the club until he was selected to join the Vancouver Island Wave team at age 12 (U13). That same year he was selected to play on the BC Provincial Team. It was during these games that a Whitecaps FC scout identified him as a promising player and invited him to the National Soccer Development Centre, where he was instructed by the Whitecaps’ top coaches. Within days, Sloan was offered a position on the Whitecaps U14 Pre-MLS Team and he and his family moved to Vancouver in 2019. He has since had the incredible opportunity to play in the CONCACAF U13 Champions League in Costa Rica for 10 days and has played teams from Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Jamaica. Sloan credits his success to the early development skills he gained at Bays United, under the deft coaching skills of Darryl Hooker, Alex Curtis, Toby Vallance and of course, his dad, Shawn Davison. “I have learned that having a good attitude, being a good teammate and working hard every day are essential parts of being a player at a high level,” Sloan says. “I’m very grateful to all of the coaches and players that have helped me get here.”
NICHOLAS MCKAY was awarded the Bays U18 Bursary (2020/21) for demonstrating the values of citizenship, strength of character and positive leadership. Nicholas has been with Bays for 9 years as a highly engaged and competitive player and volunteer coach, and he has taken every opportunity to improve his skills. Like all players this season, Nicholas was confined to pandemic practices and limited games but he was still able to enjoy the training while staying active. Nicholas is thankful for his parents, coaches and team managers, as well as the parents of teammates who always supported his teams.“Playing soccer has always felt like a “given” in my life and and I will miss playing for Bays, meeting new people and learning new skills.”
HALLE WALCH has been playing with Bays since she was 5 years old and is finishing her final year on a girls U18 VIPL team. Halle was awarded the Bays U18 Bursary (2020/21) for demonstrating the values of citizenship, strength of character and positive leadership. “I’ve grown up with many of the same girls and met many new teammates and friends along the way. My time with Bays has taught me hard work, sportsmanship and teamwork and I’m very grateful for all of the coaches who volunteered their time over the years. I would like to thank Justin Parish and Dan Zaruk – two long term coaches who have impacted who I am. Soccer has been, and will always remain, an important part of my life.”
Every now and then you get the mix just right and a team rises to the top. In 2017, the GU13 GOLD TSUNAMIS sailed through a pretty perfect year – undefeated in the league, Island champions, Coastal Cup champions and Provincial champions. Coach Jackie Cunningham had worked with the team for a few years and led the girls to victory. “This was such an amazing group of kids,” she says. “They were all willing to learn and outwork every opponent.” That work sure paid off. Well done all.
LIAM STANLEY got his start playing for Bays when he was 5 years old, continuing all the way through to U18 in all levels. In his final year with Bays he was able help them reach the Provincial A Cup. When Liam was 14, he made his debut on the Canadian National Paralympic soccer team. On the Paralympic squad, Liam represented Canada at various tournaments including the Intercontinental Cup (2013), the America Cup (2014), the World Cup (2015) and the Para Pan American Games (2015). Liam was named the Para Player of the Year for his efforts in 2013 and again in 2014. Liam has since gone on to represent Canada in Athletics at the Rio Paralympics (2016) and the Athletics World Championships in London (2017), where he managed to win silver medals in the T37 1500m at both events. Liam is the Canadian record holder in the T37 1500m and 800m, and he is the world record holder in the T37 5000m.
SARAH RHODES began her soccer career at the age of six with Bays United, spending the next seven years with the club (U6 – U13), before moving onto play with Lower Island Metro for two years. Sarah also spent time playing on the B.C Provincial Teams (U14-U16), winning a Canadian National Championship in 2004. She was selected to be apart of the National Team Training Center from 2004 – 2007. In 2007, Sarah played a year on the Whitecaps Women’s Reserve team before being recruited and receiving a full athletic scholarship to attend Gonzaga University, in Spokane Washington (NCAA Div 1, 2008-2012). During her four years at Gonzaga, Sarah was a starter where she earned Second Team All-Conference Honors, and currently holds the All Time Program Assist Record for the school. After receiving her masters in Education, Sarah is now an elementary school P.E teacher, as well as a dedicated mother and wife.
DANIEL (WINNIE) KILPATRICK got his soccer start in Bays at the age of six, and by 15 was the starting goalkeeper for the national champion BC All-Star team. He was selected as a keeper for the Canadian national youth team 2002-06 while also playing rugby at the national level. He received a full athletic scholarship from Midwestern State University in Texas, but returned to Canada to lead the University of Victoria to three national soccer finals, including a national championship. A multiple all-star, academic all-Canadian, and playoff MVP, he set national records for both career saves and shutouts. He later played fullback and was a leading scorer for the powerhouse James Bay rugby club, and coached the Bays United U-18 boys to the soccer provincials in 2015. He has a Master’s in Public Health and recently received his MD.
JOEL (JOEY) LORETH is another National Team player who spent his early years (U9-U13) developing his skills in Bays’ house and youth league programs. By age 13 he was playing with Lower Island Metro (nee: Wave), before moving onto the BC Provincial team forthree years and then the National Team youth league from age 16-20. When it was time to go to university, Joel was recruited and offered a full athletic scholarship to attend Oregon State University (NCAA Div 1 – 2005-06) and then to the University of British Columbia (CIS – 2007-11) to pursue a kinesiology degree as a student athlete. Now a dedicated health science professional, husband and father, Joel stays connected to the soccer scene in Victoria and hopes to coach his daughter in the future.
ADAM STRAITH is a professional soccer player who plays for Hansa Rostock in Germany, as well as the Canadian National Team. Born in Victoria, Adam spent his early developmental years with Bays United before moving up to Victoria United Metro – where he was team captain – and then to Vancouver to play with the Whitecaps. Since 2009, he has played professionally with Germany, Norway, Scotland, Kazakstan and Canada, and we are so proud to hold him up as an esteemed Bays alumnus.
ALLY COURTNALL was born in Los Angeles and spent her early years in Victoria, where she worked on her soccer skills with Bays United. A natural born athlete, she participated in many sports but her clear talents were on the soccer field and the track. When she was 16 years old, Ally made her debut in the Canadian Soccer League’s youth program in 2010 where her team won gold at the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship in Alajuela, Costa Rica. That same year, she also represented Canada at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago. In university, she represented UCLA in two sports (soccer and track) – where she led the soccer team to its first ever national championship and received defensive MVP of the entire tournament. Now graduated, Ally is pursuing a career in modelling. You go girl!
SIMON THOMAS is a professional goalkeeper who plays for KFUM Oslo in Norway. At age 8 (U9) he joined Bays United where he learned critical skills and techniques as a goalkeeper, before moved up to play with the Victoria United Metro in 2006. In 2008 he played with the Vancouver Whitecaps residency squad in the team’s first USL Premier Development League, before being called up to the senior team and making his professional debut on September 11, 2010. He has since played on professional teams in the UK and Norway, and on Canada’s National Team.
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