Comox resident inducted into Volleyball BC Hall of Fame

Comox resident inducted into Volleyball BC Hall of Fame

Gary McWilliam of Comox is among seven new members to be inducted into the Volleyball BC Hall of Fame.

McWilliam first involved himself as a coach in 1970, but realized the need for qualified officials for the sport to thrive.

He obtained a provincial ref designation in 1971, regional certification in 1977 and national in 1980.

He served as B.C.’s Regional Officials Chair (ROC) from 1979-’88. During this time, he improved officiating standards by implementing several changes and programs, including a monthly newsletter, a novice officials program, and roll-out of a new local level one official’s certification. He also initiated a more professional looking standard dress code for officials.

McWilliam has mentored several Volleyball BC Hall of Fame officials, and officiated numerous high-level events, including a Canada versus U.S. men’s pre-Olympic match in 1983.

He spent more than 30 years officiating for CIS, now U Sports.