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Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame 2003
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Categories:  Athlete, Coach, Builder, and Team.

Lacrosse

 

Bill Dickinson, life-long North Burnaby resident, began his senior lacrosse career in 1935 with the Richmond Farmers as a 16-year-old, and became an immediate impact player. He played 16 years in the Inter-City Lacrosse League, scoring 618 goals and 230 assists in 398 games, in an era when there were no double assists. His 948 career points is 17th overall and he's 31st overall in games played. He was not only a phenomenal offensive player, but just as great on defense as his 627 minutes in penalties would attest. When Bill finished his playing career, he went on to refereeing, coaching (Minto Cup winning Norburn Eagletime 1949 team), and serving as a lacrosse league commissionair. He was also a founding member of the Norburn Athletic Club. Dickinson was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1965 and two years later into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame.

 

Soccer

Christine Sinclair has made an immediate impact in women's soccer at every level. The south Burnaby star striker has scored 43 goals in 57 national team appearances and another 22 goals in 15 games on the junior squad. In 2002, Sinclair led the u-19 team to a silver medal in the junior World Cup as the tournament top scorer and most valuable player. She helped the national team qualify for the World Cup later that year, winning a second golden boot and an all-star mention at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Sinclair also led the University of Portland to its first-ever NCAA College Cup, scoring both goals in a 2-1 double-overtime victory over Santa Clara. In the process, she smashed Mia Hamm's tournament record with 10 goals. Sinclair was voted FIFA's sixth best women's soccer player in the world in 2002 and was short listed for Canada's outstanding athlete award.

 

Boxing

Dale Walters: During Dale Walters 15 year amateur career he was never beaten by a Canadian Boxer. Further, he never lost an amateur bout (including international competitions) on Canadian soil. The 5-time national champion had a career record of 165 wins and 12 losses and was selected Most Outstanding Boxer at three National Championships. Walters won a Bronze medal as a Bantam weight at the Los Angeles Games in 1984. It was Canada's first Olympic Boxing Medal in 52 years. Walters then fought professionally and finished his career with a record of 7 wins and 1 loss. He was inducted into the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame in 1996. He also worked as a boxing analyst for television and radio broadcasts throughout his career and currently owns a downtown gym, Ringside Fitness.

Boxing

 

Len Walters won the Canadian open bantam weight championship in 1949 and 1952. He amassed an amateur record of 139-10 and a pro record of 14-4 in a 13-year boxing career. Walters won four B.C. senior and two national titles, while also capturing the U.S. featherweight title in 1951, only the third Canadian to do so. He competed for Canada at the Commonwealth and Olympic Games in the 50's, and was recognized the following year with a civic award fron the City of Vancouver

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