McDonald family adds to ring collection

Sons Jack and Grant McDonald follow their dad's footsteps and win national football title 33 years later

A Tsawwassen family now has two more Vanier Cup rings to add to its collection - the first won more than 33 years ago.

The rings, however, are from different schools. 

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Father Bruce McDonald received a national championship ring when the UBC Thunderbirds were crowned national champions in 1986. Fast forward 33 years later and his sons, Jack and Grant are members of the 2019 Calgary Dinos Vanier Cup national championship team that defeated the Montreal Carabins 27-13 Saturday afternoon in Quebec City. 

Grant was a starting linebacker while Jack, who is an inside receiver, was unable to play due to a season ending lower body injury sustained midway through the season, ironically, when the Dinos were playing at Thunderbird Stadium in Vancouver.

The McDonald family has had a huge impact on South Delta Secondary athletics with Jack and Grant having leading roles in the football team’s 2014 provincial AAA title.

Youngest brother Ben just wrapped up his Sun Devil career at quarterback and was named the Most Outstanding Offensive Player in the province at the AAA level, while Grade 10 sisters Kate and Jane are standout volleyball and soccer players. Bruce has also been a longtime assistant coach with the football team.

Fellow Sun Devil graduates, linebackers Charlie Moore and Jacob Kirk are also members of the winning Dinos squad, as are Seaquam Secondary alumni Jalen and Tyson Philpot.

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