List of Inductees 2013
Vale Savege was a multi-sport athlete who competed for Canada as a member of both the National Women’s Volleyball team and the National Women’s Basketball team.
She started at the University of Toronto Settlement House Volleyball Club and was instrumental in that team winning two National Championships. She followed that with a stint on the National Women’s Basketball team, winning a bronze medal at the 1967 Pan Am Games. She returned to her volleyball career at the club level, winning four consecutive gold medals, and then went on to represent Canada as a member of the National Women’s Volleyball Team which competed in Mexico in 1969.
Vale served as a coach in numerous programs across Canada, at the University of Toronto and Simon Fraser University, where she founded the women’s volleyball program, and co-coached for the first six years of the program. She also coached elementary and junior high school volleyball in Ontario, and AAA in Coquitlam, BC.
Vale earned her first officiating badge in 1963 and her National level in 1978, going on to officiate internationally, at CIAU Championships, Canada Games and various national championships. In 1981, she was the first woman to officiate an international match in Japan.
Vale has also been actively involved as a Board Member and volunteer with Volleyball BC and has served in a variety of capacities with the organization. She is a recipient of the BCVA Member of the Year Award and a BCVA Lifetime Contribution/Founders Award, as well as being recognized as a Volleyball Canada Lifetime Member for her contributions as an official.