List of Inductees 2003
Ken Maeda was recruited to Canada in 1977, where he assembled a young group of athletes and kept the nucleus of them together for a number of years.
The team’s first major accomplishment was bronze at the Pan-Am Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1979, the first international games medal for Canada. Other achievements included winning the Commonwealth Championship in England in 1981 and the silver medal at the 1983 World University Games in Edmonton, losing an exciting final match to Cuba in front of some 13,000 partisan fans. But it was in 1984 that the National Team achieved perhaps its greatest success when it advanced to the bronze medal match at the Los Angeles Olympics and losing a closely fought match to Italy to finish fourth - Canada’s highest-ever Olympic finish in indoor volleyball.
Ken’s teams spent considerable time in physical preparation and were acknowledged among the most fit and physical teams in the world. Ken instilled in the players the desire to win and the pride that comes from wearing Canada’s colours.
Ken wore the Canadian colors with great pride and was selected as the Olympic Attaché for the Canadian Olympic Team at the 1998 Games in Nagano and once again got to march in the opening ceremonies of an Olympic Games wearing the red and white of Canada, this time in front of his countrymen.