Gabor Simonyi Trophy
Pandas and Golden Bears Track and Field Events Outstanding Contributor
Born and raised in Hungary, Simonyi excelled in athletics, especially as a jumper, from a young age. He immigrated to the UK and eventually Iceland, heading up the National Team at each stop before moving to Canada, where he became a high school teacher and athletic coach in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. He was named Golden Bears and Pandas Head Coach in the summer of 1975, and held the position for nine years, retiring after the 1983–1984 season. Soon after retirement, he donated the field events trophy while remaining involved in the local athletic community. He retired to British Columbia, where he passed away early in the new millennium.