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Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame 2006
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Categories:  Athlete, Coach, Builder, and Team.

Lacrosse

Bill Bradley began his box career playing juvenile lacrosse in North Burnaby. In 1961, with a big hand from Burnaby Sports Hall of Famer Bill Dickinson, Bradley formed and played on a Burnaby junior team that went on to win the provincial title and the right to represent the West in the Minto Cup Canadian championships.

The following year, the entire team moved up to the senior ranks as the Norburns &endash; Burnaby's first senior A lacrosse team. Bradley went on to an accomplished playing career in Coquitlam and Victoria, garnering seven first team all-star selections in the Western Lacrosse Association and one in the Ontario league. His career lacrosse statistics included 376 goals and 937 points in 498 games, earning Bradley an induction into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1987.

 

Bowling

Frank Fillinger
Burnaby's Frank Fillinger is truly a bowler for all seasons. A nine-time Western Canadian trialist, Fillinger was also twice named bowler of the year and is a member of the B.C. Bowling hall of fame. Known for his consistency over decades of competitive bowling, Fillinger set new records or maintained near-record averages for almost 30 years.

In the 1950s, Fillinger rolled the first-ever 260 average in five pins in the city, posting a 267.Following an industrial accident to his throwing hand in 1958, Fillinger came back as good as ever, winning the high average three out of four years in the early 1960s.During that time, he also led his Western Canadian mixed team to a Canadian title.

In '67, Fillinger was the Western Canadian trials champion, while also sharing the major B men's tenpin team championship with a high 657 triple. In the late '60s, Fillinger posted the all-time, all-star league high average for a second consecutive year, with a 276 average. He also bowled a perfect 435 game in five pins in 1967.

Rugby

Dave Milne
Burnaby South grad Dave Milne has been Mr. Everything in his long rugby career.From vice-captaining Canada against the British Lions to coaching his alma mater to three New Zealand Shields in the 1980s, Milne continues to be an icon for the game into his 70s.

Milne was a two-time big block winner in both rugby and baseball at the University of B.C., before beginning a long career in club rugby. As a member of the Trojan Rugby Club, Milne won numerous, local, district, provincial and national team honours.At the same time, he began coaching high school teams in Burnaby over his 34-year tenure, making eight provincial championships appearances, including titles in 1982, '83 and '85.

In 1965, he was the recipient of the Howie McPhee Trophy awarded for leadership, sportsmanship and playing ability. He was also the winner of the Jack Patterson Trophy for service and administration with the B.C. Rugby Union.

Milne continues to play rugby and shared a silver medal on two occasions at the world masters championships, including one with Canada's first over-65 team in 1998.

 

Volleyball

 

Audrey Vanervelden
Known as one of Canada's hardest-working players ever, Audrey Vandervelden fashioned a career on the Canadian national women's volleyball team that spanned more than a decade between 1973 and 1984.

Vandervelden captained the national team at the '84 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. She also earned numerous MVP and all-star awards while playing internationally.In her competitive career, Vandervelden played for Canada at three world championships, three Pan American Games and at two Olympics, including the 1976 Games in Montreal where she was considered Canada's top player.

Vandervelden was inducted into the Canadian volleyball hall of fame in July 2006.

The Burnaby Central grad led her school to third place at the B.C. high school championships in 1972. From there, Vandervelden went on to represent her country at the World Student Games a year later.

 

 

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