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Burnaby Sports Hall Of Fame 2013
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Categories:  Athlete, Coach, Builder, and Team.

 

Merv
Magus

Basketball

 

Merv has been a familiar sight around Burnaby sports facilities for decades. Coaching teams throughout his 33 years, the Burnaby teacher increased his athletic involvement in his retirement years. Magus has assisted with many senior boys and girls provincial soccer tournaments, been on the committee of the girls provincial basketball tournament for 13 years, officiated at the high school provincial track and field championship, and organized the Burnaby Chamber of Commerce Sport Recognition Dinner for 15 years. He coached up to three girls basketball teams in one season to build a program at Burnaby South, coached teams at SBMC, and Basketball BC regional teams. He was a founder of our organization and has been an invaluable contributor to its success as its treasurer, webmaster and program coordinator. Although many may not know his name, they might recognize his artwork. For years, Magusís cartoons appeared in the Vancouver Canucks game-day programs, the B.C. Lions, Vancouver Grizzlies, Vancouver Whitecaps and Winnipeg Jets.

 

Benjamin
Seebaran

Cricket

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Benjamin Seebaranís cricket roots were planted in Trinidad but grew deep in Burnaby. Seebaran came to Canada in 1960 to attend the University of British Columbia not only to further his education but to play for the UBC cricket team which he captained in 1963. As a player the Burnaby resident helped the sport grow in the Vancouver area including representing Canada in an annual match with the United States rom 1969 to 1972. During his playing years he began to coach cricket to youths. From the late 1980s to 2002 he was involved in both the B.C. and Canadian cricket associations in various capacities including helping to choose national junior and senior teams. He was also the BCCA president from 1991 to 2002 and manager of the Canadian team at a prestigious tournament in the West Indies, as well as the World Cup and the Commonwealth Games.