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Burnaby Sports Hall Of Fame
2019 •
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Categories:  Athlete, Coach, Builder, and Team

 

Howard Hum

Volleyball

As a kid, basketball was Howard Hum’s sport, but one day when he was in Grade 10 a volleyball coach at Alpha secondary in North Burnaby asked him to referee even though he “knew absolutely nothing about the sport.” Hum took on the challenge and got certified. He’s been blowing a whistle ever since. For 36 years, Hum, who remains a Burnaby resident, has been a constant presence patrolling the volleyball net and sidelines as he officiates at high-level university and collegiate matches. In addition, Hum has organized officials for many international competitions, served on the board of Volleyball BC (2012-2014) and has been an executive board member for Volleyball Canada since 2014. In those roles he worked toward increasing the professionalism, quality standards and compensation for volleyball officials. Hum believes one of the keys to his success was accepting the fact he was never going to be 100 per cent right and once he put himself in the shoes of the coaches and players he was officiating and understood their emotions it made him a better official.

 

Steve Mawhinney

Basketbal

Steven Mawhinney has been a gym rat ever since he first started playing basketball in the 1970s at Marlborough elementary in South Burnaby. Although his talent didn’t match his passion for the game, he began refereeing games across the street when he was at Royal Oak Junior High and then at Burnaby Central Senior High where he was encouraged by a teacher, Mr. Abercrombie, to join the local officials association. Many decades later, he can still be found most nights or weekend sporting the zebra stripes with a whistle between his lips as he goes up and down the hardwood. Mawhinney has refereed four B.C. high school senior boys championship finals and two girls provincial finals. He has been recognized as the winner of the Wink Willox Award for service, commitment and excellence in officiating by both Basketball BC and the Canadian Association of Basketball Officials. There are some who believe the Greater Vancouver Basketball Officials Association may not have survived the last 20 years without Mawhinney’s contributions.