After high school, Faye (Burnham) Eccleston attended UBC where her prowess on the basketball court and the grass hockey field were so impressive that she was made a double Big Block winner after only one year of competition (Big Blocks are awarded to UBC competitors who have achieved a high standard of excellence). Faye was also an avid softball player. In 1954 she had the honour of being one of the official timers of the famous Roger Bannister/John Landy ‘Miracle Mile’ race at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games.

Eccleston won the 1940 Canadian Senior A basketball championships with the Vancouver Westerns, as well as five consecutive Canadian Senior A championships from 1942-46 with the Vancouver Hedlunds basketball team.

She also was a member of the Vancouver Hedlunds softball team that won the BC and Canadian championships in 1941.

In 1942, she played softball with the Vancouver Neon Products, and again in 1945 when the team represented BC at the world softball championships in Cleveland, Ohio.

Eccleston was also an all-star in high school field hockey before playing on the UBC women’s league championship team and on the Lower Mainland women’s all-star field hockey team. The latter won several Pacific Northwest championships in the late 1940s (there were no cross-Canada national championships at the time).

In 1950, she was named her field hockey league’s "Top Player of the Year."