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Sports Briefs: Sarah Burke in Olympic Hall of Fame



Although she never competed in the Olympics, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) made a special exemption and named freeski legend Sarah Burke, who died in January after sustaining a head injury while skiing halfpipe, to the Olympic Hall of Fame.

Burke is credited for raising the profile of ski halfpipe as an athlete who pushed the boundaries, and as a passionate spokesperson for her sport on the international stage. She is widely credited for influencing the IOC decision to make ski halfpipe a medal sport in 2014, as well as the favourite for winning the gold medal.

"Sarah was one of those extraordinary women who believed that anything was possible," said Jan Phelan, Burke's mother, who will accept Burke's award in September. "I think that her belief not only helped her succeed, but inspired others to be the best that they could be."

Burke was nominated in the "Builder" category.

Burke will be inducted along with several other high profile athletes and teams. Also in the class of 2012 are Nigerian-born wrestler and 2000 gold medallist Daniel Igali, three-time Olympian and Olympic gold and silver medallist Beckie Scott, four-time Olympian and gold medal winner Jean-Luc Brassard, the 2010 Men's Hockey Team, the 2006 Women's Hockey Team, swim coach Julie Sauve and past COC president Michael Chambers.

Sea to Sky Eagles wrap season in Burnaby on Sunday

The short first season of the Canada Rugby League — British Columbia is coming to a close, with the Sea to Sky Eagles playing at away game this Sunday, June 17 against the Burnaby Lake Rugby Club at Fleetwood Secondary School — one game in a triple-header that includes all five league teams.

It's a must-win for the Eagles, a young team that doesn't have a rugby union club to draw on for players. They've lost all three regular season games to date, but can still hold their heads high by giving more experienced players a run for their money.

Burnaby Lake is the only team in the league that is winless so far this season, or has scored fewer points — or given up more points — than the Eagles. A win would guarantee the Eagles fourth place overall and a chance to play for third place at the league championship on June 30.

All Star Wrestling returns

On June 23, Squamish will welcome back All Star Wrestling as a fundraiser for the Squamish Nation Recreation Department.

The bout will take place at Totem Hall at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for the front row and $12 for everywhere else.

The main event features Cody Smith of Squamish against former WWE star Gangrel, The Vampire Warrior. There's an ASW Cruiserweight Title match between current champion The Great Kasaki and challenger Disco Fury. There's also a pair of tag team matches: The Breakers vs. The Wasps and The Toga Boy vs. Killer Tim Justice.