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Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame 2004
C o a c h

Categories:  Athlete, Coach, Builder, and Team.

Badminton

Arif Mawani served as provincial coach for Badminton B.C. from 1991 to '94 and was instrumental in the growth of the sport throughout the province.

The Burnaby North grad coached Douglas College to provincial titles from 1985 to '91 and in that final year coached a unique all-Douglas team to a Canadian college title.

As Badminton B.C.'s under-16 coach and performance director, Mawani led B.C. to back-to-back Western Canadian titles and a gold at the u-19 Western Canada Summer Games.

"Obviously, I'm very proud of it. I was very surprised and honoured. There are some big names, so it's an honour," Mawani said.

Basketball

Allison McNeill served as the SFU women's basketball coach for 13 seasons, compiling an amazing 363-79 record.

During that time she led the Clan to 11 consecutive NAIA national championship berths and two NAIA final four appearances.

In 1992, McNeill was named NAIA coach of the year and in '95 was selected a YWCA Woman of Distinction for her success as a coach and her dedication to female athletes.

She is currently and assistant coach with the University of Oregon women's team.

"I'm honoured. I've never been elected to a hall of fame. It's a real thrill. We had some great years up at SFU. It just feels really good and I'm honoured for all the girls who played up there," McNeill said.

"It (the induction) brought back all the years and all the great kids that played there. I always thought of Simon Fraser as Burnaby's university."

 

 

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