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Bumstead and Tautrims Awarded the Ontario Volleyball Association's Highest Athlete Honours

By Ontario Volleyball Association, 04/18/24, 6:30PM EDT


The Ontario Volleyball Association (OVA) is pleased to name the two athletes who have been selected as the recipients of the Evelyn Holick Award and Ken Davies Memorial Award - the two most prestigious honours the OVA can bestow it's youth athletes. The 2024 award recipients are Sarah Bumstead (KW Predators Strive) and Chris Tautrims (Pakmen Gold).

The awards are presented annually to individuals who epitomize the spirit of volleyball excellence, leadership and dedication.

Sarah Bumstead

Sarah Bumstead

Sarah Bumstead's passion for volleyball ignited at six when she first stepped onto the court as a member of the KW Predators Mini and Pee Wee Preds program. Since then, she has become an integral part of the club, leaving an indelible mark through her commitment and selfless service. One of the most visible athletes of the KW Predators, Sarah is present at any event hosted by the club - volleyball related or not - such as the Predators' Christmas Food Drive, working at the Food Bank and serving meals for the homeless. 

Throughout her years with the Predators, Sarah has not only excelled as an athlete but has also emerged as a leader and mentor to her peers. Her extensive involvement in various capacities, from coaching her senior volleyball team to volunteering at youth programs and summer camps, underscores her dedication to developing the next generation of volleyball enthusiasts.

Beyond her contributions to the Predators, Sarah's leadership and sportsmanship shine brightly on and off the court. With a respect for the game, her teammates and her opponents, she consistently leads by example, ensuring that her teammates and fellow athletes uphold the highest standards of sportsmanship and teamwork. It's the smaller things that make Bumstead an exceptional teammate and player; she is always the first one in the gym for both practices and matches, arriving at least an hour before a competition and at least half an hour before practice. She is always the leader in making sure that nets are put up and taken down and that warm-ups and cool-downs are a team activity. Off the court, she makes sure that the athletes that volunteer for the KW Predators' youth programs will be present from week to week and will find replacements if people are missing. 

Looking ahead, Sarah's journey in volleyball will continue to flourish as she prepares to join Marist University, a Division 1 NCAA school. Her accolades, including representing Team Ontario and earning recognition as an OVA All-Star in 2023.

Chris Tautrims

Chris Tautrims

Chris Tautrims has been bestowed with the esteemed Ken Davies Memorial  Award in recognition of his exceptional leadership, sportsmanship, and unparalleled dedication to the sport. 

Throughout his career with the Pakmen Volleyball Club, Chris has epitomized the essence of leadership, guiding his teams to unprecedented success across various age categories. From his early days in the 13U to the 18U level, Chris's leadership has fostered a positive team dynamic, leading to numerous provincial and national championships.

Chris has also excelled as a formidable beach volleyball player, accumulating a plethora of accolades that underscore his versatility and prowess in both disciplines. His representation of Ontario in both indoor and beach volleyball is a testament to an all-encompassing talent.

Beyond his on-court exploits, Chris's leadership extends to his involvement in the OVA Athletic Council, where he actively contributes to enhancing the athlete experience and shaping the future of volleyball in Ontario. His commitment to fostering a culture of inclusivity and excellence has earned him widespread respect from his peers and mentors alike.

Chris's sportsmanship is evident in every facet of his game, from his respectful demeanor towards opponents to his unwavering accountability and integrity. His ability to lead by example, coupled with his willingness to put the team's well-being above personal glory, exemplifies the true spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie.

Reflecting on his numerous accomplishments, Chris's athletic prowess and achievements speak volumes of his dedication and passion for the sport. From earning spots on Team Ontario Elite and Team Ontario Beach to clinching provincial and national titles.

As Chris's journey in volleyball continues to progress as he bounds for Queen's University with the men's volleyball program, he leaves behind an impact on the OVA athlete community. He stands as a leading example of the values upheld by the Ken Davies, continuing an enduring legacy of this award.

Sarah and Chris will be honoured at the Awards Ceremony on April 19 at RIM Park during Event 4 of the 2024 Ontario Championships. The ceremony will be held in the gymnasium at Court 16 in the afternoon.