List of Inductees 2000
Paul Gratton made his high performance debut as a member of the Canadian National Junior team in 1977 and proceeded to establish himself as one of the most dominant players ever to play for Team Canada over the next decade.
During his prime, he was considered one of the top power hitters in the world, and is considered one of the best ever in Canadian volleyball history.
A member of the senior team from 1978 until 1985 Paul captained the 1984 Olympic team, which finished fourth at the Los Angeles Games. Touted as having one of the largest vertical jumps in the history of the game there are many that still speak reverently of his legendary leaping ability.
Paul was one of the early leaders in playing professional volleyball, and had a long career with teams in Japan, France and Italy. A frequent all-star and MVP, he was instrumental in helping his teams win a number of club championships and two silver medals at European Championships.
Since retiring in the early 90’s Paul lent his significant international experience and reputation and went one to become a player agent, Canada’s first in the business of representing professional volleyball athletes.
Paul Gratton deservingly has his place in the Volleyball Canada Hall of Fame as one of the true great athletes in the sport of volleyball.