Hall of Honour Inductee: Don Colwell


Don formed a mixed team at work to play in the Lower Mainland Power Transmission League in 1981, which he also helped found, and the team played there for four years. He then formed a men’s team to play in the Burnaby Men’s League in 1985, which eventually became the Burnaby Men’s Slo-pitch Association.  This team had a variety of names and members, starting as the Scrubbies (GWG was the sponsor), becoming the Sleepless Knights, merging with Rickards Reds to become the Knights; became the Rockies, then the Rude Rockies, and now today, the Rude Boys after yet another merge.  This team has won numerous league and playoff titles over its twenty plus years of existence.  The Rockies were Provincial Men’s E champions in the D category as well, as well as the Washington State Championships in Men’s E for USSSA.

Don Also played in the Port Moody Men’s League for two seasons with the Red Sox back in the early 90’s. He coached and managed No. 5 Orange, a men’s team, who participated in Men’s C Provincials in 2003, finishing second. He was Manager and player of the Chico’s Bail Bonds in the Bolivar Super League for the 2005 season, a team, which also played in the SPNBC Super Series.

Don has served on the executive board of the Burnaby Men’s Slo-pitch Assn. since 1986 in the position of secretary-treasurer, and has participated with various others, including other Hall of Honour members like Gary Mosterd, Bonnie Gautier, and Bruce McCallan in helping to make Riverway Park in Burnaby one of the finest slo-pitch facilities in the Lower Mainland.

•             In 2005 Don was elected as treasurer of the Bolivar Men’s Super League.

•             Umpired with the Metro Umpires Assn for several years in the early 90’s

•             Don has been the convenor for almost fifty men’s slopitch tournaments, including league icebreakers, qualifiers, playoffs, and was a volunteer at one SPN National tournament held at Riverway in Burnaby.  Don was awarded the “convenor of the Year” award in 1996.