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Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame 2007
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Categories:  Athlete, Coach, Builder, and Team.

Lacrosse

Ron Crosato

Ron Crosato holds the Western Lacrosse Association record for most games refereed with 581, including 146 playoff games and 27 Mann Cup appearances.

Crosato has refereed 11 senior A Mann Cup finals and eight Minto Cup junior A national championships. He officiated the world box lacrosse championship game and was selected to referee the game as a demonstration sport in 1978 at the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton.

Crosato was a referee for six season with the pro National Lacrosse League. He also refereed exhibition games with Team Canada during a 1982 field lacrosse tour. He was named senior box referee of the year five times in his 31-year career in the WLA.

In high school football, Crosato also helped coach the St. Thomas More Knights to 10 Quadra Cup championships in 11 seasons, including nine in a row up until 2006.

Soccer

Dante Maglio

Dante Maglio refereed more than 20 international soccer matches, including World Cup elimination matches. After receiving official FIFA referee status in 1971, Maglio spent 10 years officiating for the professional international association, including such teams as Juventus, Roma, Manchester United, Liverpool and Glasgow Rangers. Maglio also refereed for 10 years in the North American Soccer League, including the Soccer Bowl final in Toronto.

He was the official ref at the Olympic Games in Montreal, the 1975 Pan American Games and International Challenge Cup in New York in 1978.

Maglio was awarded the best referee in Canada award in 1975. He officiated the opening game at B.C. Place between the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Seattle Sounders. He was also made a life member by the B. C. Soccer and Vancouver referees associations.

Synchronized swimming

Jean Peters

Jean Peters founded the Burnaby's one and only synchronized swim club in 1967 and was the Caprice club's president and coach until her untimely death from complications from diabetes more than 25 years later.

Peters started the club with just seven swimmers and learned on the job, being solely responsible for all coaching, financial management and administrative duties.

When numbers grew, Peters hired coaches and organized volunteers, while earning her level one coaching certificate.

Peters received a Burnaby Chamber of Commerce award for dedication to sport in 1987. Two years later, Caprice sent a masters team to compete internationally in Denmark. By 1990, she had a Caprice team competing in Calgary.

Speed Skating
Agatha Van Der Starre

Agatha Van Der Starre has been an active member of the Burnaby Haida speed skating club for three decades and holds more than 50 provincial, national and world age-group records, as well as holding various administrative posts with the club.

A true ambassador for the sport and an inspiration to all, Van Der Starre currently holds four International masters speed skating world records for women 75 and older, including the 500-, 1,000- and 1,500-metre distances.

Van Der Starre competed in her first B.C. Winter Games in 1980 and took over as president of the tiny Burnaby Speed Skating Club the following year. She built it up from just five members, putting in countless hours at the community and provincial levels.

Her first records came in 1991 and Van Der Starre continues to break new records with every fresh step on the ice.