Vanier Cup champion Mark Norman enters CW Hall of Fame

Vanier Cup champion Mark Norman enters CW Hall of Fame

Former UBC Thunderbird standout is first football student-athlete inducted

EDMONTON – Record-setting UBC defensive back Mark Norman is the first Thunderbird to enter the Canada West Hall of Fame.

The football standout was inducted into the conference's Hall of Fame on Thursday, becoming the first football student-athlete to be honoured.

One football inductee will be honoured every Thursday by the conference during the 2019 conference football season, as part of Canada West's year-long celebration of 100 years of university sport in Western Canada.

Between 1983 and 1986 Norman rewrote the Western Intercollegiate Football League (WIFL) record book, establishing new marks for most interceptions returned for touchdowns in a season (5) and career (6); most interception return yards in a season (451) and career (514); and most interceptions in a season (13).

Along with his personal success, Norman was also key in UBC's 1986 Vanier Cup championship win.

Following his university career, Norman found more team success at the professional level, playing five years in the Canadian Football League, including a Grey Cup win in 1987 as a rookie with the Edmonton Eskimos.

For Norman's complete biography, please click here.


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.