Volleyball Canada’s Hall of Fame

 OTTAWA (June 6, 2012) – Volleyball Canada will be holding its Hall of Fame evening on Saturday June 16 at 7 p.m. at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from Volleyball Canada for $20 or at the event. All proceeds from ticket sales go towards supporting our national team programs.

Volleyball Canada would like to invite the volleyball and sports community, as well as the local National Capital Region community to join them as they celebrate and recognize the dedication, passion and significant contributions of 2012 inductees Lorne Sawula of Edmonton, Mark Tennant of Saskatoon and John Przybyszewski of Toronto.

Cocktail hour begins at 7 p.m. followed by the ceremony at 8 p.m.

Lorne Sawula

Lorne Sawula has been a player, coach, administrator and innovator in the sport.  He played for the University of Alberta Golden Bears from 1964-69 and also coached their varsity team as well from 1971-73.  He was the head coach of the women’s national team from 1982 to 1988 and 2001 to 2005.  He was also a head coach for the national teams in Switzerland, Australia, Sweden and Britain.  In the 1990’s, he returned to the U of A to coach both the Golden Bears and the Pandas women’s team.  With the Pandas he won six consecutive national titles.    This fall he will be the head coach with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology women’s team.  He also continues to serve Canada’s volleyball communities as a Level IV Canadian Certified Coach and as a Level III FIVB Coach and Instructor who is in demand around the world.


Mark Tennant


Mark Tennant is being inducted into the Volleyball Canada Hall of Fame as a builder. He joined the University of Saskatchewan as coach of the women’s volleyball team in 1971 and went on to a great career that included seven Canada West titles and consecutive national titles from 1979 to 1981.  He was the Canada West and CIS coach of the year four times each.  Over the years he had contributed his technical expertise to the sport’s development at the national and international level, working on committees with FISU (World University Games), the FIVB and NORCECA.  He has published numerous articles and books on volleyball.


John Przybyszewski


John Przybyszewski retired from the Men’s National Standing Volleyball Team in 2005 as one of the most decorated athletes in Canadian volleyball and international standing volleyball history.  Recruited to the national team in 1989, he helped Canada progress to becoming a superpower in the sport at the beginning of the Millennium.  With Przybyszewski, Canada won the silver medal at the 2000 Paralympic Games and the world titles in 2002 and 2004.  In 2002, Przybyszewski was named the top defensive player.  He played in more than 200 international matches for Canada.


To purchase tickets please e-mail: dzimonjic@volleyball.ca

For more information:

Donna Zimonjic

Office Manager

Volleyball Canada

Tel: (613) 748-5681 ext. 221

E-mail: dzimonjic@volleyball.ca