Charles Parkinson

Camosun College is proud to congratulate Chargers Men’s Volleyball Head Coach and faculty member of the Centre for Sport and Exercise Education, Charles Parkinson on his recent induction to the Volleyball BC (VBC) Hall of Fame in the category of “Builder.”

The VBC Hall of Fame honours athletes, teams, coaches, officials, and builders who have had a significant impact on volleyball in British Columbia. Inductees exemplify the best of the best in the history of the sport in our province.

Charles Parkinson was a member of the first Canadian Men’s Volleyball Team to win a major Games medal with a bronze at the 1979 Pan Am Games. He went on to become the captain of Team Canada before retiring and later becoming Executive Director of the BC Volleyball Association (now Volleyball BC) in 1984. Key successes at the helm of BCVA included the growth of adult recreational indoor and beach volleyball, coach training and development, and corporate sponsorships for major events, such as the Jose Cuervo Gold Cup. Charles continues to influence the sport in different ways as a Provincial Team and college coach, an early collaborator on the Long Term Volleyball Athlete Development model, and a well-known commentator for domestic, international and Olympic beach and indoor volleyball matches.

Last year, Charles led Camosun to its first Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Championship title in men’s volleyball and has acted as a coach, mentor and friend to numerous student-athletes pursuing careers at the university and national team level.

Today, Charles took time-out from his numerous duties at the college to tell us of his beginnings in the sport and what this honor means to him.

Charles Parkinson:

“I got involved in volleyball in a bit of a non-traditional way, coming off an episode of tuberculosis when I was in Junior High School, but soon became passionate about it and developed a genuine desire to improve both myself and, later in life, the game.

Over the last 45 years I have been blessed with the opportunity to play many roles at different times in volleyball; from athlete to official to Board Member to Executive Director to Broadcaster, but from an early age I believed that if you stay true to your values, listen to others and work hard, good things will happen.

My reward has never been medals or accolades, although they are a reflection that you are on the right track, but rather the people I’ve met, the friends I’ve made, the athletes I have remained close to for years, the memories that will stay with me forever, and the confidence that others have shown in me along the way. For me, it has always been about the journey, not the destination.

 I am deeply honoured that my son Devon, a former Camosun Charger and Senior National Team athlete himself, supported my nomination and that the Selection Committee felt I was a worthy candidate for induction in only the sophomore year of the Volleyball BC Hall of Fame. I share this award with all my colleagues, with friends and especially with my family who have endured a lifetime of road trips.”

The 2016 VBC Hall of Fame & Excellence Awards Banquet will be held Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown, Burnaby, BC.