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Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame 2009
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Categories:  Athlete, Coach, Builder, and Team.

Stu Ballantyne


Stuart Ballantyne, who graduated from both BCIT and Simon Fraser University, is a worldwide major sports and entertainment producer with down-home Burnaby roots.

Ballantyne was the general manager for the Molson Indy, overseeing the design and production of the Vancouver Champ Car series from 1997 to 2003.

In 2006, he put on the record-setting World Junior Hockey Championships in Vancouver, which raised $9 million for amateur hockey programs in Canada.

The following year, he managed the Master Card Memorial Cup junior hockey championships, which drew record crowds and record profits. The national tournament doubled the record net proceeds of past championship tournaments, raising more than $1.8 million. Ballantyne continued his record-setting ways as CEO of the 2009 World Police and Fire Games, the largest and most successful in the event's 26-year history.

Ballantyne, who was an All-American swimmer and member of Canada's national team while at SFU, also co-ordinated the Canadian hockey house for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

Ken Lind


Ken Lind turned a career-ending leg injury into a life-long service to the game of soccer. With a promising soccer career behind him, Lind embarked on a 30-year crusade to foster and develop soccer locally, regionally and across Canada.

In 1960, Lind became the youngest founding member of the Burnaby Youth Soccer Association, which included seven years on the board.

He later served more than 20 years on the board of the B.C. Youth Soccer Association, including 11 as its chair.

During that that time, Lind helped found an association that promoted the growth of youth soccer on both sides of the border. He ran a B.C./Washington soccer exchange for nine years.

As a director of the Canadian Soccer Association, made a number of key hirings that led to Canada's Olympic team making it to the quarterfinals in 1984 and then qualifying for the World Cup for the first time. Lind is a life member of the B.C. Soccer and youth soccer associations, as well as the recipient of a distinguished service award from the Canadian Youth Soccer Association.  

Bill Popowich


Bill Popowich has been tireless supporter of youth basketball for more than half a century and he shows no signs of letting up.

The Burnaby native and Burnaby South grad began coaching in the New Westminster high school district and soon after became involved at the executive level in staging championship basketball tournaments at the zone and provincial levels. Popowich remained the B.C. association's tournament games coordinator for more than 31 years and he is still active on the group's scholarship committee. He was presented with an honorary life membership in 1990. As a youth, Popowich, sports writers named a multi-sport athlete, rookie of the year in the local Coast soccer league for the St. Andrews club. Later, he also helped organize and develop juvenile soccer at Wesburn for more than two decades.

As a teacher, Popowich was a volunteer referee and coach in a variety of sports and is still active in the provincial association as chair of the MVP selection committee and on the appeal board. Popowich was also true to high school track and field with more than 40 years of service to the sport in many capacities. He also received an honorary life membership from the athletics association.

Popowich has also had two trophies dedicated in his name in high school sports for dedication and outstanding contribution.