Hugh Wong Receives Award for his Contribution to Volleyball in BC
Volleyball Canada – RICHMOND, BC — Volleyball Canada is pleased to congratulate Hugh Wong, the recipient of the prestigious Daryl Thompson Award, who was recognized at the 50th Athlete of the Year Awards last night (March 10, 2016) at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
2016 Daryl Thompson Award Winner – HUGH WONG (Kelowna, BC – Volleyball):
From Kelowna, BC, Hugh Wong is a “shining example of the true spirit and intent of the award.” His debut experience as coach of a Kelowna junior boys’ volleyball team in 1975, sparked his passion for coaching and sport leadership. During the 1980s, Hugh was focused on growing the sport by travelling throughout BC to organize and coach youth volleyball camps. He was the one of the original founders of the Team BC Midget program (the first in Canada in the age class). He also played a key role as a founding member of the Kelowna Volleyball Club (KVC) – one of the largest volleyball clubs in BC.
In his 40 years of service, Hugh has developed BC into one of the leading provinces in Canada in volleyball. His focus on strategic leadership has been pivotal in turning Volleyball Canada into a financially sustainable organization that has earned him the respect of international organizations, such as the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) as the current Vice-President and Board of Administration Member of the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB). Hugh’s contribution to growing and building amateur sport in British Columbia serves as an example for future leaders to follow.
“Congratulations to Hugh on this honour from his home province,” said Debra Armstrong, president of Volleyball Canada. “The impact of Hugh’s work at all levels of volleyball in Canada cannot be overstated, and he continues to be a positive force in our sport today. We’re pleased that Sport BC has also recognized this contribution and what it means to the sport community as a whole.”
The Daryl Thompson Award is named in honour of the late Daryl Thompson, former chair of Sport BC. Daryl’s contributions to sport as an athlete, coach and executive officer were exemplary. This award recognizes an individual who has contributed their time in an extraordinary way to sport over a long period and/or has made a major contribution to amateur sport in British Columbia.
The Athlete of the Year Awards, founded by Sport BC, is the longest standing amateur sport recognition event in the country. Awards in 18 different categories are given each year to athletes, coaches, and officials on their performance and contribution to sport in the province of British Columbia. More info here: http://sportbc.com/2016-daryl-thompson-award-winner-announced/