Graham Horwood (Inducted 1998 – Athlete / Builder)
Induction into the Newfoundland and Labrador Volleyball Hall of Fame is the highest honour Volleyball can bestow on an individual in this province. Graham Horwood is honoured by his peers for his contribution to Volleyball as an Athlete/Builder.
Graham Horwood began his volleyball playing career in 1963 playing for his High School Team in Carbonear and continued to play throughout the next twenty years until 1983. From 1967 to 1970 Graham played for Memorial University under the coaching of Mr. Keith Taylor capturing the Provincial Championships in 1968-69 and being named MVP for the University Team in 1969-70. Upon completion of University in 1970 he began playing for the Guards (1970-72), YMCA (1972-74) and the Razorbacks (1978- 83) capturing five more Provincial Titles through these years. As a player, Graham represented the Province on the first team that participated in National Senior Competition in 1968 – 69 and as well again through 1970 to 1974.
As a coach, Graham established a dynasty at Prince of Wales Collegiate capturing 7 St. John’s Junior High School Championships, 9 Senior High School City Championships and two Provincial High School Championships. Graham’s teams also captured 2 Provincial Junior titles and a Juvenile title. He obtained his level 3 coaching certification in 1974 at a clinic held by Mr. H. Toyoda. On the Provincial/National level he Co – Coached the 1979 Canada Games team in Brandon, Manitoba, and Co- Coached the Molson 79ers at the Quebec Junior Open.
Finally as an organizer and administrator Graham served as Vice President (1971-73) and President (1973-76) for the NVA. He also served on the organizing committees for the 1981 and 1991 National Juvenile Volleyball Championships held in St. John’s. He served as Volleyball Commissioner on the NLHSAF in the 1970’s and the NLVA Selection Committee for the Hall of Fame in 1988 and 1994.
Graham also had involvement in many other areas of sport; he was captain for the 1971 Canoeing team at the 1971 Canada Games, venue manager at the Canada Games Park at the 1977 Canada Games, mission staff at the 1989 Canada Games in Saskatoon, and Regional Director for the NLHSAF from 1981-89. He received the NLHSAF Honour award in 1988-89.