Throughout the month of May and June the OVA held its annual OVAtion Awards online, celebrating the achievements of many in the Ontario volleyball community and their dedication and work to help grow the sport in the province.
The event was originally supposed to be held at the end of May in tandem with the 2020 Hall of Fame Ceremony, but the COVID-19 pandemic postponed the event. The 2021 OVAtion Awards Banquet was rescheduled for June 5, 2021 at Bingemans Catering and Conference Centre in Kitchener and the 2020 OVAtion Awards were to be presented digitally.
Here is a full recap of the individuals who were awarded for their service in the volleyball community.
Awarded annually to a minimum of two (2) Ontario athletes (equal number of male and female athletes) who have been selected to, or who have the ability to, represent Ontario/Canada in international volleyball or beach volleyball competitions.
Winners: Anna Licht, Mitchell Neuert
Presented annually to an outstanding male coach for his success in the previous season and for his contribution to the development of our sport in Ontario.
Winner: David Ta
Presented annually to an outstanding female coach for her success in the previous season and for her contribution to the development of our sport in Ontario.
Winner: Jenny Pellegrino
Presented annually to two outstanding coaches (one female, one male) for their history in developing junior athletes/teams within the OVA and for his/her contribution to the development of the sport of volleyball in the province.
Winners: Meagan Nederveen, Keaton Proud
Established in 1998 and presented by the Officials' Committee in recognition of dedicated service to officiating in Ontario. The nominee must demonstrate dedication, skill, an affirmative attitude and be recognized by their peers as having a positive influence as a certified OVA Official.
Winner: Andrew Cameron
Presented to an individual to recognize an outstanding contribution to volleyball at the provincial level for 15 years or more.
Winners: Paul Panagiotou, Corinne Williams, Lesley Masters
Presented to an individual who has had an impact on volleyball development at the regional or provincial level for 10 years or more.
Winners: Lisa Bennett, Dale Huddleston, Peter Stratford, Ray Kong
Presented to an individual who has been involved in the development of volleyball at the club or provincial level for 5 years or more.
Winners: Wally Verschoor, Ricky Chak, Katie Hutchinson, Gerry DeGirolamo, Karen Lee, Darek Kokkinen, Mira Nam-Wong, Andrew Wong, Cassidy Nicholson-Clarke, Tom Ellison, Steve Leknois, Drew Donaldson, Vito DeGiorgio, Lucia Kalmeyer, David Lightfoot, Kelly-Jean Rochefort, Zac Hutcheson, Margaret Sawicka, Fadi Boutanos, Irene Barras, Albie O’Hanian, Tara Williams, Al Tkachuk, Karen Graham, Dan Lord, Lisa Watson, Andrew Palazzi
Presented to the individual/team that is engaged in volunteer activities and make a real difference in their community.
Winner: Brock Niagara Penguins
Awarded to a corporation, or partner of the OVA that has made significant contributions to the Association and/or its programs.
Winner: Toronto Tourism
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