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Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame 2008
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Categories:  Athlete, Coach, Builder, and Team.

Ryan Banks

Rugby

Ryan Banks represented Canada 36 times on the national men's rugby squad.

The former Team Canada captain and No. 8, played for the national team at the men's World Cup in 1999 and again in 2003.

Banks played one season professionally for Bedford in England.

Banks, a Simon Fraser University grad, is a 14-year veteran of the Burnaby Lake Rugby Club. He has also helped out the local club as a coach

Bob Hieltjes

Basketball

Former pro and Basketball B.C. Hall of Famer Bob Hieltjes is the second-best all-time player in Simon Fraser University history. Hieltjes captained the Clan men's team for three seasons and was named an NAIA District 1 all-star three times. In his university career from 1983 to '87, Hieltjes garnered 2,364 points and averaged 19.7 points per game for the Clan, both third all-time. He is the program's second all-time in free throws with 540 and is the Clan's fifth all-time leading rebounder. In 1984, Hieltjes helped B.C. win gold with an all-star performance at the Canadian under-21 basketball championships. Hieltjes went on to play two seasons as player/coach for the Northland Basketball Club in New Zealand, averaging 35 points and 12 rebounds per game. As an import pro play in Germany, Hieltjes helped Wolfenbuttei earn promotion to the first division, averaging 23 points a game.

The St. Thomas More grad still plays masters ball and was named the 1997 Basketball B.C. male adult player of the year.

Barry Ihaksi

Track, Soccer

Barrie Ihaksi is best known for surpassing the oldest and most respected track record in Canada, breaking the great Percy Williams' 100-yard sprint record of 10.0 seconds flat as an 18-year-old. Ihaksi's 9.9 record time was achieved at Empire Stadium in 1961.

The Burnaby North high school grad went on to win gold medals at the Canadian junior track and field championships and numerous other medals in athletics throughout Canada and the U.S.

Ihaksi was also a gifted soccer player and played for the perennial B.C. and Canadian senior championship club, Columbus F.C. He had stints as well with Greenock Morton of the professional Scottish league and Apia Soccer Club in Sydney, Australia.

 

Heather Wilson-Banks

Rugby

 

Heather Wilson-Banks was first capped for Canada's national women's rugby team against Wales at the 1994 World Cup.

Wilson-Banks, a back row forward, went on to represent her country 15 times, primarily at the No. 8 position.

The Burnaby firefighter played in two other World Cups for Canada, in 1998 and again in 2002. She captained the national team on two separate occasions.

Wilson-Banks played her club rugby for the Burnaby Lake Rugby Club for 12 seasons.