Mission athlete inducted to Basketball BC Hall of Fame

Joby McKenzie was star at SFU and played for Canada's national team

Former Hatzic player Joby McKenzie has been inducted to the Basketball BC Hall of Fame.

Former Hatzic player Joby McKenzie has been inducted to the Basketball BC Hall of Fame.

Former SFU basketball star Joby McKenzie will be joining her father in the Basketball BC Hall of Fame.

On Friday, chairperson John Buis announced this year’s inductees, which include “people and teams who have done extraordinary things for our sport, for our province and in many case for Canada.”

McKenzie was a key member of the SFU Clan’s women’s basketball team from 1994-98 that won four consecutive conference titles and appeared in the national championships four times. She was also a member of the 1998 Canadian national team.

Joby joins her dad Ken McKenzie, who was inducted in 2008.

“I was very surprised and very honoured to hear that I was being inducted into the Hall of Fame. I share this honour with some good friends as well as with my Dad, which is the best part. I feel lucky to walk in my Dad’s footprints,” said McKenzie, who is now an  executive member of LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services in Toronto. “I really share this award with my parents for all of their support and encouragement over the years as well as two exceptional coaches: Allison McNeill and Bruce Langford. These years were such a special time in my life.”

Joby is a graduate of Hatzic secondary. In 1994, she led the team to the B.C. High School AA Championship and that year was named high school player of the year and a first-team all-star.

This year’s other nominees include: Jack May (Kelowna – builder category);  Howard Tsumura (Delta – builder);  Bob Burtwell (Richmond – deceased); the 1936/37 UBC men’s team; and the 1948/49 Cloverleafs team.

The Basketball BC Hall of Fame and awards gala will be held at the LEC on April 25, ballroom with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.

For further inductee information contact Lawrie at ljohns@basketball.bc.ca