Two volleyball players from Hamilton, competing on different teams, returned home with medals from the recently concluded Ontario Summer Games.
Adam Antolin and Eric Kovacic, members of the Mountain Athletic Club, were rewarded for their Five weeks of intensive training leading up to the competitions in Mississauga Aug. 12-14 with gold and bronze medals.
Kovacic was a member of the gold medal winning Black Team and Antolin won his bronze prize as a member of the Red Team. Both teams represented Region 3, which included athletes from Windsor, east to Oakville (Halton), and north to the Bruce Peninsula.
Eight volleyball teams, representing five regions throughout Ontario, challenged for medals. Teams played one game against each of the other teams on Friday and Saturday with the championships held on Sunday.
Kovacic’s Team Black played against Region 5 (Central West Ontario – Toronto, Mississauga (Peel, Dufferin) north to Port Severn and Collingwood (Orangeville, Brampton) in the gold medal match and won in three sets, 25-17, 26-24, 15-10.
For the bronze medal, Antolin and his Red squad defeated Region 5’s second entry in and won in two sets, 25-22, 25-8.
The Summer Games drew 3,500 athletes competing in 32 sports.
For the Hamilton volleyball players, the lead-up to the games included practices of five weeks of intense coaching by some of the best volleyball coaches in the area. Each weekend allowed both the boys and girls teams from Region 5 to visit a university, including McMaster, and work with a volleyball coach representing that school.