Stuart has worked tirelessly to develop rugby in the Niagara region for the past 45 years, both in Hamilton and Grimsby and for the Branch Union.
“I am surprised, pleased and a little humbled to be part of the Rugby Ontario Hall of Fame. I really never expected that it would happen,” said the inductee.
Stuart started playing at Trent University before joining the Hamilton Hornets RFC from 1970 to the mid-eighties and was their captain from 1973-1978. He then played for several years as an old-boy.
He also played for the regional Niagara Rugby Union team from 1978 to 1983 and for the province from 1976 to 1979.
Stuart was a high school teacher and started boys teams at White Oaks in Oakville and at E.C Drury in Milton. He also started Girls’ Sevens at Drury and coached at Nelson, in Burlington, for 10 years.
After retiring, he coached at Beamsville and at Blessed Trinity in Grimsby.
Stuart took a high school team to Britain in 1984 and teams to New Zealand in 2003 and 2006. He has coached kids flag rugby for five years and has been a member of the Niagara Rugby Union executive over the same period.
He was President of Hamilton Hornets from 1982-1984.
“I became associated with Grimsby, where I live, when my son took up men's rugby there,” said Stuart, who has been president and coach of Grimsby Gentlemen RFC for ten years now. Stuart has coached with Grimsby since 1992.
Stuart helped coach at Brock University for five years and has been with Mohawk for six years now. He says college rugby is different than university. “You do not have the players for four years and we do not get the same numbers out. We need to get players, who have never played before, up to speed very quickly and the season is short. So unless we have experienced players we are in difficulty.” Stuart says It is great that these players come out to try the game. “It is an enjoyable challenge to increase a player's skills or to introduce a new player to the great game of rugby". Stuart really enjoys being at Mohawk. “I enjoy teaching the game and am very excited for the team when things come together.”
The Class of 2017 will be honoured at the Rugby Ontario Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner on the evening of Saturday November 25th, 2017. The ceremony – in conjunction with the Rugby Ontario Awards evening – will be held at the Maple Banquet Hall in Mississauga, Ontario.
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