Pioneering UBC administrator Pomfret enters CW Hall of Fame

Pioneering UBC administrator Pomfret enters CW Hall of Fame

Trailblazer in women's university sport acknowledged

EDMONTON – Marilyn Pomfret’s remarkable contributions to women in university sport have landed her a spot in the Canada West Hall of Fame

Pomfret spent 11 years as coach of UBC’s women’s volleyball team, guiding the program to conference titles in 1965, 1973 and 1974, and back-to-back CIAU gold medals in 1973 and 1974.

While her coaching accomplishments were impressive, her greatest achievements came as an administrator, helping organize women's university sport.

In 1969, Pomfret founded the Canadian Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Union. She was key in launching women’s national championships in 1970-71.

From 1975 until 1986, Pomfret served on the Board of Directors of Canada West and was its president from 1983 until her retirement in 1986.

To read more about Pomfret's outstanding career, click here for her full Hall of Fame bio.


For the last century, organized university sport has been a central part of the student experience at institutions across Western Canada. Beginning with the University of Manitoba capturing the first Western Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union (WCIAU) men's hockey banner in 1919-20, student-athletes have been competing to reach their full potential in sport and the classroom, while enriching campus life. 

To commemorate 100 years of university sport across Western Canada, the Canada West Hall of Fame was created in the spring of 2019, with the first induction class set to be unveiled throughout the 2019-20 season. 



About Canada West

Since 1972, Canada West (CW) has been a leader in Canadian university sport, working to provide our student-athletes the opportunities to excel in sport, the classroom, and their communities. CW and our 17 members from across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba collectively carry on a legacy of competitive excellence, as our champions proudly go on to represent the conference at U SPORTS national championships.

Canada West – training leaders, building champions.