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.”
JACK WALMSLEY was the recipient of Bays U18 Bursary (2019/20) for demonstrating our values of citizenship, strength of character and positive leadership. After 13 years with Bays United, not only did Jack’s playing ability grow but he developed great friendships with teammates, coaches and families. “Throughout my time at Bays, my coaches have all had a positive impact on the person I’ve become, especially Genc Kolshi,” he says. “He has shown me what dedication really is and how when you are fully committed nothing can stop you from achieving your goals.” Over the past three years, Jack’s team has experienced much success, which not only inspired him to become a better player, but to set his goals higher in every facet of life.
ANNA FRIESEN just completed her ninth and final year with the Bays Youth program on a girls gold team. A natural athlete and engaged teammate, Anna was the recipient of the Bays U18 Bursary (2019/20) for demonstrating our values of citizenship, strength of character and positive leadership. In 2020, she was also awarded a Young Exceptional Star (YES) Award, which recognizes Oak Bay youth who distinguish themselves in volunteerism, arts, citizenship, academics and athletics. After graduation, Anna plans to attend McGill University. “I’ve realized how many good memories and friends I’ve made along the way with Bays. My teammates have been a constant source of laughs and camaraderie,” she says, adding, “Whatever my future holds, I know that soccer will 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.
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. Another Bays’ success story!
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