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David Sidoo poses with Indian actress and politician Jaya Bachchan at the inaugural South Asian Film Festival on Nov. 1, 2012.

Vancouver, Abbotsford, and Surrey played host to a collection of Frature, Short, Documentary and Animated films from South Asia October 31 to November 4, 2012. It was the first such festival of its kind in Canada and carried the mission to Entertain, Engage, Embrace, Educate and Inspire.

David Sidoo connected with influential Indian actress and politician Jaya Bachchan at the South Asian Film Festival on November 1, 2012 in Vancouver. Bachchan has starred in dozens of films since the 1960s and is also a member of the Indian Parliament. She is married to legendary film actor Amitabh Bachchan.

Vancouver Sun Article: David Sidoo poses with Indian actress and politician Jaya Bachchan at the inaugural South Asian Film Festival on Nov. 1, 2012. (PDF)

On October 6, 2012 David Sidoo joined 30 of his almost 50 former teammates at BC Place Stadium for the official induction into the BC Football Hall of Fame. David attended the event with his wife Manjy and their two sons. Also in attendance was David’s high school football coach, Doug Woodward, from New Westminster Secondary School. Doug coached David from 9th grade through to his admission at UBC.

David Sidoo’s memorable five-year football career with the Thunderbirds began in 1978, when the UBC team played in its first ever Vanier Cup. Over the years David set several records and earned many awards that made him a shining star in the league. The crowning glory came in 1982 when David helped captain UBC to win its first Vanier Cup under the coaching guidance of many, including head coach Frank Smith.

From the BC Football Hall of Fame website:

1982 UBC Thunderbirds

Under Head Coach Frank Smith, the 1982 UBC football team became the school’s first to capture the Canadian College Championship recognized with the presentation of the Vanier Cup. That season, the Thunderbirds went undefeated against Canadian competition (12-0), beat SFU in the Shrum Bowl, and defeated Manitoba 57-3 to win the Hardy Trophy which represented the Western title. They moved on to the Canadian semi-final against ST. FX winning that game 54-1 and next faced the final hurdle of the collegiate championship game. On November 20, 1982 they defeated the University of Western Ontario 39-14 to capture their first of two titles in the 1980s (the second came in 1986). The school had previously reached the title game in 1978 but fell short. In 1982, running back Glen Steele was voted the game’s Most Valuable Player. Steele was among five first round selections in the Canadian College Draft, among 14 league all-stars, and one of 12 players to achieve a roster spot in the CFL at one time or another. They were voted Sport BC’s Amateur Team of the Year in 1982 and are widely regarded as one of Canadian college football’s most dominant teams across its long history.

David Sidoo and Doug Woodward

Congratulations to David and all of the 1982 UBC Thunderbirds football players!



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From left to right, Al Wilson, Dal Richards, Jack Farley, and David Sidoo. Photograph by: Jenelle Schneider, Postmedia News, Vancouver Sun

On October 6, 2012, David Sidoo and his former teammates from the 1982 UBC Thunderbirds Football team will be inducted into the BC Football Hall of Fame along with a number of highly regarded contributors to the sport.

David was present on September 14th when it was announced that 94-year old musician, composer and Vancouver legend, Dal Richards, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in the Special Award category. Almost 60 years ago Dal wrote the BC Lions’ football team cheer song, “Roar You Lions Roar.” From the Vancouver Sun article, “Richards has been bestowed with the Order of Canada, the Order of B.C., Freedom of the City by Vancouver council, an honourary Doctor of Letters from UBC, an honourary doctorate from BCIT, a place on the B.C. Lions Wall of Fame… Another accolade was added Friday when Richards joined the second class of inductees entering the nascent B.C. Foot-ball Hall of Fame…”

From the BC Football Hall of Fame website:

Outside of the football club itself, there is likely no one person more than Dal Murray Richards to have entertained so many Lions’ fans both on the field and off. As the club’s band leader from the first season in 1954, he led pre-game and half-time shows at Empire Stadium and B.C. Place Stadium that attracted fans of his own. Born in Vancouver, the “King of Swing” played in front of audiences with his “swing” band and also spent a career in hotel management. His most famous song has long been the Lions’ theme, “Roar You Lions Roar” and that may still be heard at every home game. He has been honoured many times and on February 3, 1984 Mayor Mike Harcourt declared “Dal Richards Day” in Vancouver. In 1994, Dal received the Order of Canada, in 2003 the Order of British Columbia, and in 2005 was enshrined on the BC Lions Wall of Fame.