Glen Thompson – Awarded January 2015
From the Prince George Citizen January 2015
When the North Cariboo Senior Soccer League presented Glen Thompson with a lifetime achievement award recently, he was surprised at the honour.
Even though Thompson has been involved with the development Of the sport and league in Prince George as a player, referee and executive for more than 40 years, he was still shocked. That was never his goal when he first kicked around a soccer ball as part of a youth team, Acme Electric, in 1974. “I didn’t think about that,” said Thompson, now 57, “I just did what I needed to do because I love the sport. It wasn’t a paid position, I have a lot of friends who played, it. I think if you have success in something you’re more apt to stay with it. Its the camaraderie of the players. I joined the men’s team at a very young age, I was a guy who played with the teachers such as Walter Hanik and Harold Hacker.
“I had a great run, There’s different aspects of every sport.” Thompson who works in the maintenance department for School District 57, credits Jim Briggs, Bill Jones, Gaetano Mauro and Bill Måclver as those who have had the biggest influence on him.
Last season, due to nagging arthritis in his hips, he was forced to retire from playing competitively, which he started doing when he was 16 with Acme Electric. After a one-year stint with that team he laced up his cleats for Labatt’s United, a first-division Side in the North Cariboo Soccer Association where he spent the next 15 to 17 years. The league eventually amalgamated With the Men’s Recreational Soccer league in 1989 and became the North Cariboo Senior Soccer League. “The NCSA got down to three teams at one point and we needed fields to play on and it’s been pretty good ever since,” said Thompson. “It’s now changed to age groups — open, 30-and-over and 45-and-over.
While still playing with Labatt’s United, in 1980, he launched his involvement the league’s executive, first as a team representative and eventually serving as president, treasurer, director and registrar. He currently holds the title of registrar in the league.
Among his achievements, he spearheaded the construction of the current NCSSL complex, which officially opened on May29, 1998.