List of Inductees 2018
Brigitte Soucy-Anderson has been described as one of the strongest female volleyball players Canada has ever produced. Her all-round skill, passion, determination, and winning attitude, which brought her to the international stage, was highlighted by playing on Canada’s team in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. She performed in two Pan-American Games, three Canada Cups, a World Cup and the World Student Games among many major competitions. Brigitte later played nine professional seasons in the highly-competitive Italian league, which is considered the best in the world. She’s received accolades at every level at which she competed – a true testimony to her outstanding career.
During her first year of high school, Brigitte excelled in a variety of sports. Her love of many different sports made it difficult for her to choose one sport to concentrate on. She decided to follow her love of volleyball. While playing for the Université de Moncton, Brigitte was selected by the Women’s Canadian National Volleyball Team in 1992, at the age of 19. In 1996, a long-time dream came true as the Canadian National Volleyball Team qualified for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. After the Olympics her dream continued as she played professional volleyball in the Italian Premier Division for 9 years.
Brigitte played in 190 International matches over her career from 1992 – 2000. Highlights included winning a bronze at the 1995 Pan American Games in Argentina and qualifying for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
Brigitte was inducted into the New Brunswick Hall of Fame in 2015 and in the Volleyball New Brunswick Hall of Fame in 2017. Additionally, she was inducted into the Bouctouche Wall of Fame in 2014 and she was named the Athlete of the Year in New Brunswick in 1996. In 1999, she was selected as the MVP in the Italian Super Cup, when her Bergamo Team won the Champions’ League and the Italian Super Cup.
Brigitte was well known for her diverse skillset, strong work ethic, leadership, and determination. Her winning attitude makes her incredibly memorable. She is the only Canadian Volleyball player to ever win a European Champions League, Confederation cup on the European circuit. She also won two Italian Championships and one Italian Cup and played in numerous all-star games. Brigitte, or Brig as she was nicknamed in Canada or Bri in Italy, was named by her peers as “the best all-around volleyball player to ever play the game.”
We are honoured to induct Brigitte Soucy-Anderson as an athlete in the Volleyball Canada Hall of Fame. She is truly deserving of this recognition for her many years as an athlete competing for Canada, as well as an outstanding career competing internationally in the Italian League.