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Salish Sea Sentinel | December 14, 2018

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Snuneymuxw soccer star honoured with ‘stop of interest’ sign

Snuneymuxw soccer star honoured with ‘stop of interest’ sign

On Nov 12, 1892, a barrier-breaking Snuneymuxw athlete took part in B.C.’s first soccer game between Indigenous and non-Indigenous players.

One hundred and twenty-five years later, Harry Manson (Xulsimalt) was honoured with the unveiling of a special plaque the field where the historic game took place.

Nanaimo Football Team, 1903

The Nanaimo Football Team (Nanaimo United), which won the B.C. provincial soccer championship in 1903. Harry Manson is sitting to the right of the Grand Challenge Cup trophy. Louis Martin and Joe Peters, two other Snuneymuxw soccer players, were also on this championship team. Submitted photo.

The provincial government has unveiled the new “stop of interest” sign at Deverill Square Park in Nanaimo on Dec. 18.

The “stop of interest signs” are placed in history-making locations across the province.
It’s the latest recognition for the soccer star, who has gathered attention in recent years thanks to historian and author Robert Janning.

Manson has also been recognized with four sports hall of fame inductions across Canada.

The sign unveiling was attended by many local leaders as well as Manson’s descendants from Snuneymuxw including elder Gary Manson – Harry’s grandson.