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

Track and Field

Michael Lonergan

Michael Lonergan coached 16 individual Canadian champions in track and field and five more in cross-country, including Olympian Leah Pells and the late Emily Mondor, a former world outdoor 5,000-metre finalist.

Lonergan has coached athletes at nine world track and field championships, three Commonwealth Games, two Pan American Games and 10 world cross-country championships.

He has coached more than 25 champions or medallists at national championships and more than 40 All-American athletes while with Simon Fraser University. Lonergan has been named a NAIA national coach of the year and B.C. Athletics high performance coach of the year. While at SFU, Lonergan led the men's and women's cross-country teams to runner-up finishes in 1994 and the women to second again in '95. He has also head coached numerous national teams, including the world cross-country team in England in 1995.

Boxing

Harry Twist

Burnaby's 'Boxing Mountie', Harry Twist, staged a one-man war against juvenile delinquency over his long career as coach of the South Burnaby Boxing Club.

A talented coach and friend of the young, Twist trained scores of young men, including the late, former Commonwealth Games bantamweight Frankie Scott, two-time Emerald boy finalist Freddy Fuller, silver boy and Olympic hopeful Johnny Phillips and 1954 Canadian welterweight champion Des Archer, who later joined the RCMP.

Twist operated his boxing gym for more than 30 years in a former church on Kingsway, between Nelson and Royal Oak. He also held boxing shows in Central Park, where the baseball diamond now stands. In the winter, he held shows in the gym at Burnaby South senior secondary.

 

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