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Alberta Sports Hall of Fame inducts National and International Volleyball Builder Dr. Lorne Sawula

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Volleyball Builder Dr. Lorne Sawula



Dr. Lorne Sawula’s impact on volleyball in Canada is staggering, from the local club level to the most competitive matches on the international stage. He has been a coach, clinician, teacher, administrator and an author.

Lorne has coached over 600 international volleyball matches, including at the Olympics, the world championships, and the Pan Am Games. He has coached another 500 matches at the university and college level, both men’s and women’s, including at the University of Alberta where he led the Pandas to 4 of 6 consecutive CIS national championships. He has also coached at UBC, the University of Ottawa, Dalhousie University and NAIT. However, Lorne’s contributions go far beyond wins and losses.

As technical director for the Canadian Volleyball Association from 1977 to 1982, Lorne coordinated the first technical guidelines and wrote content for the original coaches instructor manuals. He was instrumental in bringing the sciences into volleyball education. Lorne has co-authored several books including Soviet Gold and Volleyball Coaches Diary, and has written numerous articles and papers promoting new ideas and helping to evolve the game. In his career, Lorne has taught over 2000 volleyball clinics in Alberta, Canada and internationally.

In 2007, Lorne started a volleyball sport school at Edmonton’s Vimy Ridge Academy and created Aspire Volleyball in 2010. Through Aspire Volleyball, he focused on transitioning young athletes and parents from club level through to national level competitions. Lorne always saw volleyball as a life-long endeavour and has been most proud of his athletes maintaining their involvement in sport when their athletic careers were over through coaching, refereeing, or administrative duties.

Todayville is proud to have produced the video profiles of this year’s Inductees.  Learn more about the 2018 inductees here.

Since it’s inception in 1957, hundreds of Albertans have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.  We invite everyone to join us in this celebration of both new Inductees and returning Honoured Members, and their lasting impact on sport in our province.  If you would like more information on the Induction Banquet or to order tickets, please call (403) 341-8614.

Read and watch more video profiles of the 2018 Alberta Sports Hall of Fame inductees:

Theoren Fleury

Dianne Finstad

Doug Barkley

Cindy Klassen

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Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019: Mike Rogers, Hockey Athlete

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Mike Rogers played professional hockey for a total of 12 years; five years in the World Hockey Association, then seven years in the National Hockey League. Mike has the distinction of being one of only four players in the NHL to achieve 100 points in their first three seasons – the others are Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Peter Stastny. Mike’s first year in the NHL was with the expansion Harford Whalers team in 1979/80. He scored 105 points in both his first and second year. Mid-way through the 1980/81season, he was named captain. Mike joined the New York Rangers for the 1981/82 season and led the team with 103 points. He averaged 67 points in his next three seasons as the team adapted a more defensive style of play. In 484 regular-season NHL games, he had 519 points. In 1974/75, during Mike’s first year in the WHA, he led the Edmonton Oilers rookies in goals and points and was selected the WHA’s Most Gentlemanly Player. He was traded to the New England Whalers in 1975/76 and was their top scorer in 1978/79. In 396 WHA games, he scored 145 goals and had 222 assists for 367 points.

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Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019: James Donlevy, Football & Hockey Builder

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‘Jim’ Donlevy devoted his professional career to more than 50 years of coaching, teaching and administrative leadership. His career in football began in 1954 coaching Bantam and High School Football teams. He joined the Edmonton Huskies from 1961 to 1963 and won two Canadian titles. At the University of Alberta, he led the Golden Bears to four National Championship games and brought home the Vanier Cup in 1972 and 1980. He had the most wins of any Golden Bears football coach with 89 wins, 69 losses and 3 ties. From 1993 to 2015, Jim was the Western Hockey League’s Education Consultant. He built a formal education and scholarship program for the student athletes playing in the league. It is now considered one of the most comprehensive education programs for hockey in the world today.

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