Ravi KahlonAthlete Field Hockey 2013
Ravi Kahlon was born in Victoria BC on May 15, 1979 and introduced to the game by his father and grandfather at the age of seven. By twelve, Ravi was playing in the Victoria League with his father. While playing his formative field hockey in Victoria, he moved to Delta in 2004 and started playing for Team India and coaching provincial teams. Ravi’s first participation at the international level began in 1999 as a member of the Under 21 Canadian team competing in Argentina. Besides being selected for the Canadian Junior National team in 2000, he was also named the captain. Ravi earned his first International Cap with the National team in 2000 against Malaysia with Canada winning 2-1. Since 2000 and until his retirement in 2008, Ravi was a member of the Senior Canadian National Team finishing his career with 132 International Caps.
Ravi has competed at every level of international competition: World Cup, Commonwealth, Pan American and Olympic Games. In 2000 Ravi not only played with the Junior National team at the Junior World Cup Qualifier where Canada placed third, he was then selected to the Senior National team and represented Canada at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia where Canada placed tenth. This was the start of an illustrious career playing for Canada. Ravi played three times in World Cup Qualifying tournaments. He represented Canada at two Commonwealth Games, placing sixth in 2002 and again in 2006. At the Pan American Games, Ravi helped Canada win the silver medal in 2003 and the gold medal in 2007. By the time Ravi concluded his career on the national team, he had competed in over twenty-five international competitions over a ten year period culminating with Canada’s tenth place finish at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
When not competing as a player, Ravi has given back through his coaching. Besides coaching provincial Under 16 and 18 teams, he was the Director of High Performance Men’s Field Hockey in 2008-2009. As well, he has taken All Star teams to the United States for collegiate tournaments and to training camps for prospective NCAA athletes. Ravi Kahlon has always been an advocate for his sport and as a result has developed strong and lasting relationships with players and coaches in Canada and internationally. As a player and coach Ravi has positively impacted the lives of many people. Winning the gold medal at the Pan Am Games in 2007 and participating at the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics were two highlights of his Field Hockey career. Ravi’s proudest moment as an athlete occurred when twenty-six family members attended the 2008 Beijing Olympics to watch him compete. Today, he resides in Delta with his wife and son. We welcome Ravi into the Delta Sports Hall of Fame.