Please join us in congratulating the following individuals on their induction into the Volleyball BC Hall of Fame. The VBC Hall of Fame honours British Columbian individuals and teams who have raised the profile of our sport and deserve recognition among the best of the best in the history of volleyball in BC.
Carole Bishop – Athlete
Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Carole Bishop is well regarded as a world class athlete, having represented Canada in the Olympic Games, and in various international championships, including Pan American Games, World Championships, World Cup and NORCECA tournaments. Selected to the first‐ever Canadian Women’s National Volleyball Team in 1967 at age 16 to play in the Pan American Games, Carole was the first string setter throughout her 12 years on the National Team. From 1966 to 1983, Carole was also an integral part of a dominant women’s club team that won Senior Women’s National Championships in 14 of her 16 years with the club, Carole was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 1988, and into the Volleyball Canada Hall of Fame in 2004.
Conrad Leinemann – Athlete
Conrad Leinemann was born in Kelowna, BC and played for the University of British Columbia (UBC) Thunderbirds from 1990 to 1994, during which time he won numerous CIS accolades including Canada West All-Star and First Team All-Canadian, was named team captain for his last two years with UBC, and received the Bobby Gaul Trophy as UBC’s top graduating athlete across all sports. Conrad went on to become a dominant beach volleyball athlete, winning the gold medal at the 1999 Pan Am Games with partner Jody Holden, as well as National Beach Volleyball Championships in 1995 and 2001, and representing Canada at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Conrad went on to compete in the FIVB World Tour for 14 seasons and clocked the fastest serve in 2005 at 104.4 km/h.
Dale Ohman – Coach
For over 40 years, Dale Ohman has had a hand in developing athletes from across British Columbia through coaching high school volleyball, the Winfield and Williams Lake Camps, BC Provincial Team programs, and as Head Coach of the UBC Men’s Volleyball Team. During his 25 years with UBC, he was twice named CIS Coach of the Year and Canada West Coach of the Year five times, became one of the first full-time head coaches ever in the CIS, and saw nine of his UBC athletes selected to the Canadian National Team. Dale has mentored a number of top level coaches and been instrumental in developing boy’s and men’s volleyball in BC. He served as Coaching and Men’s Provincial Team Chair for BC Volleyball Association (now Volleyball BC) and on the BC High School Boys Volleyball executive.
Harish Dalpatram – Official
Harish Dalpatram’s contributions to volleyball in British Columbia are far reaching, but arguably his greatest accomplishments were achieved as a referee. Harish was first certified as a Provincial official in 1971, gained his National certification in 1977, and by 1983 became the youngest International referee in Canada at the age of 32. Harish officiated numerous Provincial and National Championships, and internationally at the Pacific Rim Championships, the Arctic Winter Games, and the World Junior Championships in Curitiba, Brazil. He was an administrator, evaluator, and mentor to young referees. Harish was also a dedicated coach, and Tournament Chair for BC Volleyball Association (now Volleyball BC) and the Pacific Rim Championships.
Howard Hum – Official
A well-respected leader for over 37 years in the volleyball community, Howard Hum earned his first officiating certification in 1978. A fixture at Provincial and National Championships over the past several decades, he gained his National certification in 1994, Beach National certification in 1997 and National Referee Clinician and Supervisor in 1999. Howard has held leadership roles within the provincial and national officiating groups and has long championed improvements to the officials development programs. Howard has also contributed to international volleyball as the Referee Manager at several international competitions hosted in BC. Beyond officiating, Howard has served on the board of directors of Volleyball BC and currently with Volleyball Canada.
Eric Ens – Builder
Eric Ens, long-time resident of Richmond, BC, founded the Air Attack Volleyball Club in 1989 with one team and the vision of building a volleyball community that prioritized youth development and city-wide promotion of the sport. Eric was a founding organizer of the Junior Girls (Grade 10) Volleyball Provincial Championships, and subsequently worked to ensure the event would be hosted in communities around the province. His 28 year legacy was evidenced in 2011 when Richmond schools sent a record five volleyball teams to the High School Provincial Championships, and by the fact that Air Attack is now one of the largest volleyball clubs in BC, with 20 club teams, a house league, and a mini volleyball program for 400 male and female athletes.
Victor Lindal – Builder
Vic Lindal, a.k.a. “Mr. Volleyball”, is known as a visionary, leader, innovator, founder, coach, administrator, mentor, commentator, and referee. From starting the Winfield and Williams Lake Camps and Pacific Rim Championships, to setting the model for the Team BC program, to developing a training plan that led to BC’s double gold medal win at the 1975 Canada Games, to being a founding member of organizations such as BC Volleyball Association (now Volleyball BC), BC High School Volleyball programs, and Victoria Volleyball Association, it would be an understatement to say that Vic has been influential in the development of our sport in BC. Vic was inducted to the Volleyball Canada Hall of Fame in 2000 and the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 2001, and is still actively coaching today, most recently in Zimbabwe.
Charles Parkinson – Builder
Charles was a member of the first Canadian Men’s Volleyball Team to win a major Games medal with a bronze at the 1979 Pan Am Games. He went on to become the captain of Team Canada before retiring and later becoming Executive Director of the BC Volleyball Association (now Volleyball BC) in 1984. Key successes while at the helm of BCVA included the growth of adult recreational indoor and beach volleyball, coach training and development, and corporate sponsorships for major events, such as the Jose Cuervo Gold Cup. To this day, Charles continues to influence the sport in different ways as a Provincial Team and college coach, an early collaborator on the Long Term Volleyball Athlete Development model, and a well-known commentator for domestic, international and Olympic beach and indoor volleyball matches.