About Art Hawkins

About Art Hawkins


Art Hawkins was an influential and respected member of the VUL community for almost 20 years until his all too early passing in 2010.

Art started playing Ultimate in Vancouver in 1991 and was involved with more VUL teams as a player, coach or captain than can be named. Beyond the VUL, Art represented Canada at the 1999 and 2002 World Ultimate Club Championships and won Gold in the Master's Division at the 2000 Canadian Championships.

During the 2000s Art's involvement with the sport off the field grew substantially. He was a member of the VULS Board of Directors and was named Executive Director of the VULS in 2008. As ED, he was involved in strengthening the league’s clinic and mentoring programs and increasing the focus on junior development.

Art was a strong supporter of charities and created and ran the annual Elimination 8’s tournament, an event that continues to generate funds for local Vancouver charities. He also worked with Ultimate Canada to create the Great Canadian Ultimate Game.

In 2011 Ultimate Canada honoured his memory by naming this day-long game and celebration The Art Hawkins Great Canadian Ultimate Game.

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