As Canada's premier fullback and goal-kicker for 10 years, Barrie Burnham's record speaks for itself. He played internationally, nationally and provincially with a keen competitive edge and a winning formula. His exceptional goal-kicking skills, punting with both foot, and intuition for strategic positioning, more than justified his selection to every level of the game during the period between 1962 and 1971. Barrie was selected in four of Canada's six international matches between 1966 and 1971, scoring just under half of Canada's points in those games, and was the only player to be chosen to participate on two of Canada's international tours in 1962, and nine years later, in 1971.
His accomplishment on February 26, 1966 is one that will likely never be equaled and it is one that earned him a place in the Guinness Book of Records. On that day, Barrie's Meraloma team defeated the Georgians 20-11 at Brockton Oval with Barrie scoring all 20 points. Not unusual for Barrie that he scored all of his team's points, but on this occasion he scored the twenty points in every possible way that the laws of rugby allowed at that time. He scored a try, a conversion, three-penalty goals, a dropped goal, and a goal kicked from a mark, and since kicking a goal from a mark is no longer permitted, his unusual achievement will never be equaled.
At age 34, in 1972, a boating accident caused serious injuries to Barrie's legs that required over 300 stitches. Doctors thought he would be lucky to walk again, but with awe-inspiring determination and after prolonged physiotherapy, he returned to the rugby field to be selected to play for Canada against Fiji.
In 1998 he was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame in the athlete category.