I was on one of the first teams of this club and it was a blast. Now to help them out and the sport of Volleyball I work on their website.
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1998 – The first team in the Club was a mixture of boys from St. George-German and Paris District elementary schools. These teams were the finalists in the County playoffs and boys from both teams were eager to keep playing. We called the OVA to enquire about registering them for an OVA age group tournament only to be told that to play in OVA tournaments you had to enter as a Club. The paperwork was filled out and the Brant Youth Volleyball Club was born!
1999 – The original boys were still interested in playing but had moved up to the Midget (U16) age group. We recruited some grade 10 boys to supplement the original group to make us more competitive. Realizing that we needed a younger team to feed the original group when the new grade 10 recruits moved up an age group, we also fielded a team at the bantam (U14) age group. Now we had two boys’ teams of which none of our own children played on. Our daughter was in grade seven at the time, so we decided that we should do a girls’ team as well. Most of those original female players were from Sandy’s summertime fastball team.
2000 – This year marked our first foray onto the international stage. That summer, Hamilton was hosting the International Children’s Games. We applied for acceptance and were able to take nine female and nine male volleyball players. The kids had a great time representing their country and getting a taste of competition at the international level. Although we didn’t win many games, they took away great memories from the experience and an appreciation of the hard work and dedication required to succeed. Many of these players went on to become leaders making a significant contribution to their high school teams.
2002 – Through the generosity and support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, we established our house league program. This program was developed to offer skill development to a younger age group and those interested in playing at a more recreational level than our competitive teams.
A personal highlight this year was when co-founder Sandy Beedham was recognized by the OVA with the Female Developmental Coach of the Year award. This award is presented annually to two outstanding coaches (one female, one male) for their history in developing athletes/ teams within the OVA and for their contribution to the development of our sport in the province.