Gail Heather Roberts (Athlete / Builder, Inducted In 1997)
Induction into the Newfoundland and Labrador Volleyball Hall of Fame is the highest honour Volleyball can bestow on an individual in this province. Gail Heather Roberts is honored by her peers for her contribution to Volleyball as an Athlete/ Builder.
Gail Heather Roberts was born in St. John’s and received her early education there at Prince of Wales College.
In 1965 she entered Memorial University, graduating in 1970 with a B.P.E. and B.Ed. In her final year at MUN she was selected to the Athletic Honour Society and awarded the R.Lait Macienze Medal for the highest standing in the graduating class.
While a member of the Volleyball Team at MUN, Gail attended the first Canada Games at Quebec City in 1967. Her University Team also competed in the Junior and Senior National Championships at Montreal and Fredericton.
As well, in 1968 she captained the Memorial team, which competed in the first inter-national matches ever-held in Newfoundland against the Czechoslovakian National Women’s Team.
Throughout the 1970’s Gail continued to play at the highest caliber provincially, travelling to Canadian and Atlantic Zone Championships on five occasions.
In 1970 Gail began her teaching career at Holy Heart of Mary High School. In the Nine years she taught there, here high school volleyball teams won nineteen city and Provincial Championships.
In 1975 she co-coached the province’s entry at the Canada Games in Lethbridge, Alberta.
During this time Gail served on the Provincial Volleyball Association as Vice-President; she was provincially rated referee. In 1974 she received her level 3 coaching designation.
Following her marriage to David Roberts and the birth of her three sons, Gail returned to Volleyball in 1985 to play in the St. John’s women’s League and continued to do so until 1989.
In 1988 Gail began a term on the selection committee for the Newfoundland Sports Hall of Fame.
In 1995 she coached the junior high school boys at Macdonald Drive Junior High.