List of Inductees 2012
The complete list of contributions and accomplishments of Dr. Lorne Sawula is staggering – he has contributed more to the development and advancement of the sport in Canada than any other individual.
From his early days as a high school and club athlete and throughout his career as a player with the University of Alberta and on the Alberta Canada Games team, Lorne excelled on the court. As a coach, he launched his career as junior and senior men’s coach at the University of Alberta. He followed that by coaching at Dalhousie University, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Ottawa, as well as numerous club teams.
Lorne served as Technical Director then High Performance Director for the Canadian Volleyball Association (CVA). During his time as the Technical Director, he wrote and published Levels I – IV of Volleyball Canada’s first Technical Manuals. He served on a number of FIVB committees and commissions, including the Coaching and the Work and Management Commissions and the FIVB Volley Tech Magazine Editorial Committee. In addition, Lorne is the author of many volleyball-related articles and books, having written over 200 articles in Technical Journals around the world.
Lorne has coached various Women’s National teams in Canada and all across the globe – Switzerland (FISU Bronze in 1993), Australia, Great Britain, Costa Rica – for a total of 6 World Championships, 7 FISU Games, 1 Olympic Games, 2 Pan American Games, 2 Pan American Cups, 4 Canada Cups and 4 NORCECA Championships.
Lorne 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. He started a Volleyball Sport School at Vimy Ridge High School in Edmonton and instituted a new volleyball training center called ASPIRE Volleyball Training, where young athletes from 10-18 years of age can get technical training.
Lorne Sawula has been previously inducted into the Alberta Volleyball Association Hall of Fame and the University of Alberta Alumni Hall of Fame.