Well this is my 22nd year as a teacher
and my 7th year at Armadale Public School and I’ve been involved with the
volleyball program here for all seven years and at my previous school at
Legacy Public School and Cornell before that and Franklin before that. Just the
amount of kids that we involve on the team and all the experiences that they
get to have, is just really, really special and I never thought it would
turn into what it has turned into and it’s been an honour for me to be down
here and coaching everybody. Well what I like about volleyball is that, like you
don’t just play it by yourself, you can enjoy and play with your friends. Like you
could play it without a volleyball net. Honestly playing with the team is great,
because I get to learn and see new faces every day. It’s not just because of the
sport. It’s just like, we get to cooperate with like other students around the
school that we may not have known, and like let’s say you go to tournaments and
you could meet other people and they could be friends and you can make
friends that way. The way how we treat each other and you get-we get more
friends by playing volleyball, and talk to people you don’t talk to usually.
Our girls team won the Provincial Cup in 2017, and then they
repeated again last year which was pretty amazing. They were the first York
Region school ever to win the Provincial Cup. And last year the boys, we’ve had
some success over the years. We’ve finished 5th a couple times, we came 3rd
once. Last year we came second for the first time, and it was really exciting just
to get to the final. And this year the boys really-we had to get all the pieces
in place this year to actually come through and win it and they played great
all day and I was so proud of them at the end, and they played really well and they achieve their goal. It’s crazy, that we won.
It’s a pretty hard team. It was pretty hard journey to get up there but. Pretty tough
because you know you’re entering a tournament which is like from the best
teams of all in Ontario. So, it’s really competitive to play there. But you know,
we came in with a mindset to win and we’re able to accomplish that which is great.
At Armadale though, with what we do here we try to get the kids involved at a
young age, and grade 4 is when we typically start. And grade 4, 5, 6 is my favourite age group to coach actually.
It’s the junior program. The best part about here is we don’t cut
anybody. If you show up every day, eventually when your season begins at
the end of November, beginning of December, we’ll take you on the team and
that’s kind of where it all starts. So, if you show the perseverance to stay,
I’m not gonna cut you, we’re gonna take you and I always make sure
that everybody gets a chance to play, and that’s the big thing.
It really does start with a junior program that Mr. Lynch started. Great venue for
the kids to develop skills, leadership, mentoring, and they love being there.
They help us and they give us extra practices to get better, and they’ll tell us what
we should expect and if we’re doing something wrong, they’ll like tell us to
work on it, during like until the tournament. Well they really know how to
handle school time and sports because you practice, but at the same time you also have to
maintain our school work. And the coach always tells us, school works always
first. So, if you need to do school work instead of volleyball, you can do it.
Honestly this really isn’t about volleyball, it’s about you know being
good people, and being good citizens and you know it’s about perseverance and it’s
about integrity and it’s about all of these other things, and it’s about being a
family because we spend so much time together. We practice a lot. We work
really hard. How positive they are with each other, at practice and games on the
court. You never see them talk down to each other, they’re always picking each
other up. They’re always very supportive and very positive and that goes a long
way to any kind of success you’re gonna have.