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Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame 2004
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Categories:  Athlete, Coach, Builder, and Team.

Athletics

Debbie Brill is considered the finest women high jumper ever to compete for Canada and is the originator of the now common backward style of jumping, then aptly described as the 'Brill Bend.'Brill represented Canada at three Olympics Games, two world championships, four Commonwealth Games and three Pan American Games.

During her career, she won more than 65 national and international medals, including gold at the worlds, Pan Ams and Commonwealth Games.Brill became the first North American woman to jump six feet and was named B.C.'s athlete of the decade in 1980. She later set an indoor world high jump record of 1.99 metres.Brill was named an officer of the order of Canada in 1983.

The Burnaby resident still competes at the master level and currently holds five age-class world indoor and outdoor records.

Lacrosse


Gordie Gimple
began his lacrosse career in the Norburn minor development system before graduating to the junior ranks where he won the MVP award in 1954, while helping his teams win two Minto Cups in three seasons.
In the senior league, the Burnaby resident helped spearhead the Vancouver Burrards to three national Mann Cup titles in 1961, '63 and again in '64. During his playing career, Gimple scored 543 goals and 417 assists for 960 points in just 407 senior A games.He was named a league all-star eight times in his 11-year career and was a recipient of the Mike Kelly medal as a Mann Cup MVP in 1963. Gimple was also a six-time winner of the R.L. 'Pat' Maitland award for sportsmanship, value to his team and assistance to minor lacrosse.In 1972, Gimple was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.For the past three seasons, Gimple has been assistant coaching behind the bench of the Western Lacrosse Association Burnaby Lakers senior A lacrosse team."I was totally surprised," Gimple said. "Being involved with the lacrosse team, I walk by the wall (of fame) all the time. I always thought it would be nice to be up there, but I never dreamed I'd be up there."

Hockey


Jack McIlhargey
began his hockey career in the minor program at the Burnaby Winter Club, competing in peewee through to juvenile.He played major junior hockey in Victoria and Flin Flon from 1970 to '72 before plying his trade through the minor system.

McIlhargey made stops with the Jersey Devils of the Eastern league, Des Moines of the International league and Richmond of the American league before making the jump to the NHL.He played three seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers and was then acquired by the Vancouver Canucks in 1977 where he spent the next four seasons.

He retired after three more seasons in Hartford in 1982. In 393 NHL games, McIlhargey scored 11 goals and amassed over 1,100 minutes in penalties. For the past 15 seasons, McIlhargey has been a coach in the Canuck organization and is currently an assistant coach to head coach Marc Crawford.

 

 

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Peter Ogilvie a St. Thomas More Collegiate grad, represented Canada in the track and field sprints at the 1991 and 1996 Olympic Games.He amassed eight individual medals in international competition, including gold at the 1994 Francophone Games in Paris, silver at the 1991 Pan Am Games and bronze at the 1993 world indoor championships.Ogilvie was recognized with a distinguished top-40 ranking in the 200-metres four times in the 1990s and was ranked No. 1 in the world as a junior-aged athlete.He still holds 25 provincial and national records in junior and high school competition.Ogilvie is a two-time winner of Sport B.C.'s high school athlete of the year in 1989 and '90.

"I'm shocked and I'm honoured. I hadn't thought about it," said Ogilvie from his office as technical manager at B.C. Athletics. "I went through the school system in Burnaby and having this kind of recognition made me go through the scrap book again. "All-in-all, it's an honour. Now I can go back in my career and say, 'this is where I've been.' It's the sport I love."

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