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

Hockey

Larry Hayes
Larry Hayes has dedicated over his half his life to the game of hockey in the community.

An honourary life member with the Burnaby Minor Hockey Association, Hayes has also coached and managed numerous youth hockey teams to provincial and regional titles, including a trip to the Air Canada Cup in 1985 with Joe Sakic and the BMHA midget AAA Hawks.

Hayes also shared a Lower Mainland championship with the junior B Burnaby Bluehawks and was instrumental in the establishment of a junior A hockey franchise group for Burnaby in 1998 at the new Bill Copeland Sports Centre, he had long advocated for. Hayes has served Burnaby Minor in various capacities since 1977, while also holding executive positions with the Pacific Coast and B.C. Amateur Hockey Associations, as well as with elite hockey programs. Hayes is also well known for his capacity as chair of BMHA's annual bantam AAA international hockey tournament each winter.

Gymnastics

Helga Ovington
Helga Ovington brought fun to the sport of freestyle gymnastics to thousands of children over a period of 25 years as the head coach and founder of the Wings Gymnastic Society.

Ovington brought a philosophy of caring for kids first to the Cameron Recreation Centre club. There, she mentored many of the present coaches over the years, most of whom took their first tumble in gymnastics at Wings.

The non-profit society was all about inclusion and Ovington was always front and centre in making sure recreation was stressed as much as competitiveness in dance, ballet, trampoline, as well as gymnastics.

Ovington was an advocate for challenging a child to their own potential and never graded individuals to a structured level.

 

Soccer, Baseball, Basketball

Richard Smith
Richard Smith served the then South Burnaby Men's Club for 23 years. (Currently, South Burnaby Metro Club)

The 1949 Burnaby South grad played senior men's fastball and rugby, before turning his hand to coaching that lasted well into the 1980s. Smith joined the SBMC in 1969 where he chaired boys' baseball in 1972 before entering a long involvement in the community, including two six-year terms on the Burnaby Parks commission. He was chair and general contractor of the volunteer-driven committee that brought outdoor lighting to Bonsor Park in 1974. He also brought in the first electronic timing equipment in Canada for the 1971 and '73 Canada Games.

Smith represented the Parks Board on a committee that also started floodlight projects at Wesburn, Norburn and East Burnaby parks

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