Originally from Italy, Rino Orsato emigrated to Canada in 1956 from Italy. He began his British Columbia soccer love affair as a player in the 50s and 60s before sitting in the hot seat as a soccer coach and club manager. In the late 80s, Orsato decided to take a step back from the weekly operations. He moved into an advocacy and sponsorship role with Westside FC Premier. The following two decades were the most successful period in the club’s history. Rino’s Westside was crowned provincial champions in ’89, ’93, and ’96, respectively. The ’96 team went on to win the Canadian National Club Championship in the same year. This team was widely considered the best amateur team in the country.
Orsato’s extraordinary contributions to BC soccer are recognized across the province.
- In 1997, Orsato was presented with Westside FC’s Jay Skelding Award as the most dedicated and inspirational figure at the club.
- In 2005, Orsato was awarded The prestigious British Columbia Soccer Association A.C. Sanford Award.
In 2010, along with Robert Freedman, Derrick Freedman, and Haydn Pritchard, Orsato established Rino’s Vancouver Soccer Club as an independent entity. Ten years later, Rino is still the club’s number one fan and advocate. Since retiring as one of Vancouver’s most distinguished shoemakers, Rino has more time to spend with his first love, football.
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