YVETTE M.WALTON (Builder, inducted in 1994)
Induction into the Newfoundland and Labrador Volleyball Hall of Fame is the highest honour Volleyball can bestow on an individual in this province. Yvette M.Walton is honoured by her peers for her contribution to Volleyball as a builder.
Yvette Walton started teaching and coaching in the Faculity of Physical Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland in September 1965, bringing with her knowledge and skills previously unknown to Women’s Volleyball in Newfoundland.
Memorial University Women’s Teams- Junior and Senior, won the All-Newfoundland Championships every year from 1965 – 70. During this time Memorial Teams also placed second in AUAA (previously AWIAUU) competition in 1966,67,68,69,and 70. In addition, Memorial under Miss Walton’s leaderships, represented Newfoundland at the first Canada Winter Games in Quebec City, 1967; the team of 1968 was fourth in the Eastern Canadian Juniors in Montreal; as well as representing the Province at several National Tournament.
In 1969 the Memorial Women’s Varsity Team, hosted the Czechoslovakian National Team, providing International Competition for the first time in Newfoundland.
Her teams continue to have excellent results throughout the 70’s until her retirement from Volleyball in 1977.
Other achievements include Level 3 in coaching, regional referee, and CVA Director 1971-73.
The results of Yvette Walton’s work in the 60’s and 70’s are still visible as the players she coached moved around the province and continued the work she had started.
Aside from Volleyball, her involvement must also be noted in Track and Field and Badminton. In Track and Field, Yvette Walton coached the Newfoundland team in the first Canada Summer Games in Halifax in 1969. In 1966, she won the Provincial Ladies Singles Badminton Championship.