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Burnaby Sports Hall Of Fame 2013
• Athlete •

Categories:  Athlete, Coach, Builder, and Team.





. Darlene Currie, a resident of Burnaby for 35 years, represented Canada on the hoop hardwood many times. She played in three Pan-American Games—1959, 1963 and 1967 in Winnipeg where Canada won a bronze medal. Currie’s teams also won three national senior women’s basketball titles in the 1960s. Her playing days didn’t end there. She played on a team called the Retreads which won the first World Masters Championships in Edmonton in 1985, took silver in Denmark in 1989 and Bronze in Portland in 1998. The Retreads reorganized to win the 2005 title again in Edmonton. Currie was also head coach of the Canadian women’s national team in 1970 to 1972. The retired teacher, who is still active playing slo-pitch softball, was inducted into the Canada Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Basketball B.C. Hall of Fame in 2004.






Alex MacKay, a longtime resident of Burnaby, was considered one of the best defensive players to ever play the game of lacrosse. As a junior, he was a member of the runner-up in the 1947 Minto Cup. MacKay went on to win the 1949 (Vancouver Burrards) and 1961 Mann Cups (Vancouver Carlings), as well as being a finalist in 1951 (Vancouver Combines). He later coached the Mann Cup champion Carlings in 1963 and ’64. McKay played 272 games in his senior career scoring 116 goals and 122 assists. The former Vancouver Firefighter was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame as a player in 2007. He already had a spot in that Hall as part of the 1961-67 Vancouver team which was inducted in 1999. The 1964 Vancouver Carlings soccer club he played on was inducted into the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. He was so good on the pitch he was chosen to play for B.C. all-star select teams against touring international squads such as Moscow Lockomotiv and Hearts.





The graduate of Burnaby South Secondary, Jim Nelford distinguished himself in one of sport’s most intense cauldrons, golf’s PGA Tour where he played from 1978 to 1988. He won the provincial high school golf championship and the B.C. junior championship in 1973, and the 1975 and 1976 Canadian Amateur title. After attending Brigham Young University on a golf scholarship, Nelford turned pro in 1977. His best finish was second at two tournaments. The most notable was the 1984 Bing Crosby Pro-Am when he lost a playoff to Hale Irwin. Nelford appeared to be on the verge of winning the tournament when an Irwin shot on the 18th hole headed for the ocean bounced off the rocks and close to the cup which Irwin tapped in to force the playoff. On the international front, Nelford combined with Manitoba’s Dan Halldorson to win the 1980 World Cup. Since his retirement Nelford has been a commentator for many television networks including ESPN, TSN and CTV. He was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 2013.



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