Home | Nomination | Application form | Events | Sponsors | FAQ | Feedback | New Inductees | Members|

Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame 2005
  B u i l d e r   •

2005 Categories:Athlete, Coach, Builder, and Team.

Bio's and photos to follow in February when information is complete
Baseball

Ossie Chavarria
Osvaldo 'Ossie' Chavarria went from winning the best utility player for the AAA Pacific Coast League Vancouver Mounties to umpiring the bronze-medal match at the Barcelona Olympics. The longtime Burnaby resident played minor ball from 1959 into the '70s before taking up coaching at the minor and national team levels. Chavarria started umpiring in 1979 and continued to find time behind the plate in the NAIA league, at national-level championships and in the Summer Games. Chavarria umpired internationally at the Olympics, world championships, Pan Am Games and Intercontinental Cup.

Karate

James Johnson
James Johnson is a Karate B.C. past president and World Karate Federation executive committee member. Johnson represented Canada in three world championships and was the first person to win four national senior men's open titles, including one in 1983 when he was 39 years old. He is a nationally carded referee and played a key role in women's inclusion in kumite, or sparring. Johnson was inducted into the National Karate Association Hall of Fame in 1991 and was first honoured for his outstanding contribution to the sport in Canada in '88. He founded the Burnaby Karate Club at Cameron centre in 1981 and has been its chief instructor since

Judo

Tom Mukai
Tom Mukai, Burnaby's outstanding citizen in 1997, founded the Burnaby Judo Club at the Bonsor rec centre in 1966. A 7th Dan black belt and Judo Canada life member, Mukai has produced over 60 black belts during his more than 35 years in Burnaby, including numerous junior and senior national and international champions. He was the first fighter from B.C. to compete at the judo nationals and later was Team B.C.'s first coach in 1970. Mukai mentored the Canadian men's and women's team internationally in the 1980's and '90s respectively. Mukai is also a certified international referee and has officiated at the Junior Pan Am Games and the U.S. Open..

  Home | Nomination | Application form | Events | Sponsors | FAQ | Feedback | New Inductees | Members|