Silverado Socrates into Hall of Fame

Silverado Socrates celebrates with friends from her running days at UVic during the 1980s.

Kelowna woman Silverado Socrates has run her way into the Canada West Hall of Fame.

The former University of Victoria Vikes cross country and track distance runner is the latest conference inductee into the Hall of Fame, as Canada West continues to celebrate 100 years of university sport in Western Canada.

Socrates (formerly Brenda Shackleton) was a three-time CIAU Cross Country Athlete of the Year, and was also the 1987-88 CIAU Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

She won a combined five CIAU gold medals over her career, and culminated her time as a student-athlete by being named UVic Female Athlete of the Year (1987-88).

Socrates had a remarkable career as a student-athlete at the University of Victoria, culminating in 1987-88 when the distance runner was named the CIAU Female Athlete of the Year for both cross country and track and field.

For three straight seasons, spanning 1985-86 to 1987-88, Socrates pulled off the hat-trick in CIAU cross country competition, winning individual gold, being selected Athlete of the Year, and receiving All-Canadian honours.

She was no slouch on the track, either, winning gold in the 1,500-metre and bronze in the 1,000-metre at the CIAU championships in 1985-86, then topping the podium for the 3,000-metre at nationals two years later.

Her excellence as an individual helped propel UVic to three consecutive CIAU cross country team titles between 1985 and 1987, and the Vikes never finished lower than sixth as a team at the CIAU Track and Field Championships during her student-athlete career.

Prior to running for the Vikes, Socrates set the Canadian junior 3000-metre record with a clocking of 9:12.84.

Socrates was named Victora’s Rookie of the Year in 1985-86, and its Female Athlete of the Year in 1987-88.

She was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2013.

Socrates is now a local businesswoman and running as an independent in the federal election.

At a Glance

UNIVERSITY: Victoria

CATEGORY: Student-Athlete

SPORT: Women’s Cross Country

YEARS ACTIVE: 1985-1988

HIGHLIGHTS:

• Three-time CIAU Cross Country Athlete of the Year

• 1987-88 CIAU T&F Athlete of the Year

• Five-time CIAU gold medalist

• UVic Female Athlete of the Year (1987-88)