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Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame 2002

Categories:  Athlete, Coach, Builder, and Team.



Daniel Igali: Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame's first Olympic gold medalist. Captured the wrestling gold medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney in his weight class. He became Canada's first World freestyle champion in 1999. Made the sweep complete by winning the gold medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. A five-time Canadian champion from 1998 to present, Igali was unbeaten over three years winning NAIA titles from 1996 to '98 while at student at Simon Fraser University.



Lise Léveillé: B.C.'s first ever gymnastic medalist at the Pan American Games,winning the gold medal on the beam in Kuala Lumpur in 1999, the same site where one year earlier she earned a bronze at the Commonwealth Games. Shared a ninth place yeam finish at the 2000 Olympics and was the beam champion, runner-up in the all-round and floor exercises and bronze medalist on the vault and uneven bars at the 1999 Canadian championships held in Burnaby. A student at Stanford University, she is a two-time Pac 10 champion on beam and All American on beam.




Pier Morten: Two time B.C. Disabled Athlete of the Year (1988 and 2001). Is the unbeaten 15-time Canadian blind wrestling champion. In 1988 won the blind world wrestling championship, the first European Judo championship and the Canadian powerlifting championship. He has won wrestling silver in three Paralympics and four bronze medals in judo at four other Paralympics. In 1992 became the world's first totally blind and deaf athlete to obtain a black belt in judo.


Track and Field

David Steen, Sr.: Became the first Canadian to shot put over 60 feet. Captured three Commonwealth Games medals, gold in 1966 and 70 and bronze in 1962. Member of Canada's national track and field team for eight years, where he moved national record from 52'1" to 63'1/4". Member of powerful University of Oregon track team finishing second in 1963 NCAA championships. Ranked seventh in world that year with a throw of 61'11 l/4". Held Canadian age class records during high school days at Burnaby South Secondary.


Ryan Walter: The Burnaby Minor Hockey product captained teams in Washington, Montreal and Vancouver during his 15-year National Hockey League career. Won the Stanley Cup with Montreal in 1986, where he spent nine seasons. During his minor hockey days, led his Burnaby peewee team to the Provincial finals and through to the prestigious Quebec Tournament. Following his retirement from hockey in 1993, he became a well respected hockey commentator and motivational speaker.

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