Mountain Volleyball volunteers take a bow

mvcFour Mountain Volleyball Club members have been honoured by their provincial association. The Ontario Volleyball Association presented Recognition Awards at its OVAtion Awards Banquet in Toronto on Saturday (Dec. 7).

Recognized for outstanding accomplishments and contributions from volunteers, who have distinguished themselves through the years by providing their time, effort and support to the promotion and development of volleyball in Ontario, were Peter Stratford, Kristin Kawamoto, Michael P. Hall, and Martha Salvatore.

Stratford, a Burlington resident, is a coach for MVC, and a health and physical education teacher in the Halton region.

For the past two years, he has coached the MVC 13U and currently coaches the 14U team. Previous to this, he coached the Waterdown Raiders 14-17U teams for four years, competing in the Provincials, Eastern Canadians, and finishing with a silver medal at the National Championships.

He is also a coordinator of the Elementary School Provincial Volleyball Cup.

The course director For elementary athletics at the Ontario Educational Leadership Centre has been the leadership coach at the MVC developmental MVP summer camps and an MVP house league coach. His commitment and talent was recognized when he was honoured at the 2012 Ontario Sport Awards with the Syl Apps Volunteer Award for his outstanding work with intramurals and developing a strong base for student involvement in physical activity and sport by Canadian Intramural Recreation Association.

Coach Kawamoto is a health and physical education teacher in Hamilton.

She played varsity volleyball at Trent and Queen’s universities before becoming an assistant coach for the McMaster Marauders women’s varsity team. During her six years at McMaster, she also coached at the Mountain Athletic Club (MAC) for two years as both an assistant and head coach for the 14U team and for the past two years with MVC as the assistant coach for the 13U and now 14U team.

She has been an outstanding developmental coach with MVC in the winter session developmental house league program, the MVP summer camps and the VolleyTotz program.

Joining MVC five years ago, Hall has assisted with teams in the age divisions of 15 to 17. He has also coached volleyball championship contending teams at the local secondary school level with teams of both genders and has recruited athletes who have graduated to post secondary play.

He has also been the video assistant for the men’s and women’s varsity teams at McMaster filming game tapes and creating promotional slide shows. In addition, he is a creative and talented photographer whose work has been published by Ontario University Athletics and Canadian Interuniversity Sport.

Salvatore, an executive member, started volunteering in the 1990s with the Waterdown Raiders, helping with club membership and as a treasurer.

She was recruited again in 2008 and has been an integral executive member volunteer in two Hamilton clubs, as the treasurer, registrar and club contact for the MAC and currently with the MVC.

She has shared hours of her time and expertise with the MVC executive and club volunteers making the day-to-day fiscal administration of the club that much smoother.