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Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame 2010
• Coach •

Categories:  Athlete, Coach, Builder, and Team.

Frank Palmieri


Frank Palmieri has been a volunteer soccer coach in Burnaby for more than 28 years, starting with Cliff Avenue in 1979. He also served on the Burnaby District Soccer Association for 15 years, five of those as chair.

During his coaching career his teams won nine coastal and provincials cups and he led two teams to two national championships. He still coaches today, the Burnaby Boys under 16 selects team and sits on the board of the Metro Selects Club.

Frank has spent countless hours donating his time and effort to benefit the community and in particular the sport he loves, soccer. He has received many awards for his contributions including recognition from the BC Soccer Association and the Burnaby District Soccer Association and tonight we add to that honour roll.

Manny Sobral


Manny Sobral founded the North Burnaby Boxing Club with a partner in march 2004. Since then the club has grown to 125 members and has won more than 20 championships including bronze, silver and golden gloves, Alberta golden gloves, Tacoma golden gloves, BC Provincial Championships and Canadian National Championships. He is also the coach of our scholarship recipient Robert Couzens, as stated a three time national champion.

Manny has also taught in the Burnaby school system, and in 2007 was named BC's boxing coach of the year.

His background in coaching comes from experience. He was a three time Canadian amateur champion, competed at the 1988 Olympics and as a professional, compiled a 29 win, 2 loss record as Canadian super welterweight and IBO world super weight championship.