Louis Daignault (ISN)
June 15, 2013, (ISN) – On Friday night, Volleyball Canada held its 2013 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which honours athletes, coaches and builders who have contributed significantly to the sport of volleyball in Canada over the years.
“It is an honour to welcome Gino, Sandy and Vale into the Hall of Fame,” said Volleyball Canada president Hugh Wong. “They are truly inspiring individuals who have given so much to volleyball over the years and continue to have influence on our sport.”
The following are the three individuals who make up the class of 2013:
GINO BROUSSEAU – athlete
Now assistant coach for the National Champions Université Laval, Gino Brousseau has been an All-Star, MVP and Athlete of the Year at multiple championships and institutions. He was a member of Team Canada Men’s Volleyball from 1986 to 2000, including the 1992 Olympic Team in Barcelona. Gino also enjoyed a stellar professional international career competing for 13 years as a professional volleyball player in Italy, Japan and France where he helped his teams win numerous titles.
For his impressive accomplishments as an athlete, Gino was inducted into the Quebec Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2009. And now, Volleyball Canada is pleased to induct this outstanding athlete and role model into the Volleyball Canada Hall of Fame.
SANDY SILVER – builder
Sandy Silver has been a leader and builder in the sport of volleyball for over 40 years. Head coach at Seneca College, York University and UBC, she was also Assistant Coach for the Canadian Women’s Volleyball Team.
Since the late 1980s and to this day, Sandy has stayed very active in volleyball at the BC, regional and national level as a Director of the BC Volleyball Association and chair of their Coaches Committee, as the Convenor of the Canada West Universities Athletic Association men’s and women’s Volleyball Program and as an ongoing mentor coach to numerous past and present intercollegiate women coaches.
Over her lengthy career, Sandy has contributed a great deal to the advancement of volleyball in British Columbia and throughout Canada and Volleyball Canada is honoured to recognize her contributions by inducting her as a Builder into the Volleyball Canada Hall of Fame.
VALE SAVEGE – builder
Vale Savege has made a significant contribution to sport in British Columbia and beyond. She was a multi-sport athlete who competed for Canada as a member of both the National Women’s Volleyball team and the National Women’s Basketball team. She is a Pan American Games bronze medallist.
As a coach, she led the women’s volleyball program at the University of Toronto and was a founder of the women’s volleyball program at Simon Fraser University. As an official, Vale became the first female official to be recognized as a Volleyball Canada Lifetime Member.
Vale’s contributions to the sport of volleyball span almost 50 years and she has served as a volunteer at every level and encouraged countless numbers of people to assume leadership roles in sport.
The three new inductees were honoured at the World League match against Korea in Mississauga, Ontario, last night. Canada beat Korea in three sets and the two teams play again Saturday night, with the Canadians looking to better their World League record (3 wins, 2 losses). Tickets still available for tonight’s game.