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Burnaby Sports Hall Of Fame
2016 •
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Categories:  Athlete, Coach, Builder, and Team

 

Song Chul

Taekwondo

In a sport built on respect, Burnabyís Song Chul Kim receives plenty of it wherever he goes in the world of taekwondo. Kim has risen through the refereeing ranks to become vice-chair of the World Taekwondo Federationís referee committee. In his 35 years in the sport, Kim has officiated at competitions in every corner of the globe. His stops include Azerbaijan, Denmark, Mexico, China, Bangkok, Egypt, Puerto Rico and Peru Ė to name just a few Ė as well as the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London and the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. In December, Master Kim was named the federationís male referee of the year. Thanks to the universal respect he has garnered over the decades, Kim was a big influence in helping Burnaby secure the 2016 World Junior Taekwondo Championships held in November. Kim has been the owner and operator of SC Kimís Taekwondo in Burnaby since 1994. He was secretary-treasurer (2000-2009) and vice-president (2009-2015) of the B.C. Taekwondo Federation before becoming the organizationís president, a position which he continues to hold..

 

Duff Slavin

Softball

Duff Slavin, who moved to Burnaby with his wife Linda in 1968 and passed away in 1992, was instrumental in building softball on local, provincial and national levels. The Softball BC Hall of Fame member was an administrator with Softball Canada from 1978 and 1987 overseeing numerous national championships Ė from midget/minor to senior menís and womenís Ė across the country. He also took on the duties as treasurer of Softball Canada. Slavin was on Softball BCís board of directors from 1970 to 1983 and was one of the first organizers of coaching clinics across British Columbia in 1970 and continued to do them for may years to come. At the local level, Slavin was a board member of the South Hill Sports Association from 1973 to 1987 that brought the 1977 womenís national championship to Vancouverís South Memorial Park and Burnabyís Central Park after it had been absent from the province for 10 years. Slavin was part of the group that transformed the South Memorial diamond into one of the sportís best facilities.


 

George Wong

Hockey

The late George Wong was a big contributor in the early years of the Burnaby Minor Hockey Association first becoming involved in 1965. He went on to volunteer as an amateur hockey coach, manager and executive member for 30 years. Wong, who was born in China, became president of Burnaby Minor in 1971 and was named a BMHA honourary life member. In 1984, Wong was elected president of the B.C. Amateur Hockey Association and also served with the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association. In addition to hockey, George coached lacrosse in Burnaby for eight years. In 1993, the City of Burnaby awarded him its Mohawk Trophy for outstanding achievement as a sports builder. Wong, who worked at BC Tel for more than 36 years after receiving a degree in electrical engineering from UBC in 1957, passed away in 2008 at the age of 80.