FEATURE: 2018 Ray Lepp Award Winner Savannah Purdy

Recently, Savannah Purdy from TWU was announced the 2018 recipient of the Ray Lepp Scholarship!


  • 2018 Team BC Beach Seaside Gold Medal
  • 2018 BC Summer Games Beach Volleyball Gold Medal
  • 2018 Volleyball BC Youth Beach Provincials Gold Medal
  • 2018 Volleyball BC Provincial Bronze Medal, All-Star
  • 2017 BC High School Sport Provincial AAAA, Gold Medal and MVP

We asked Savannah a few questions to get to know her beyond the volleyball court.

What faculty are you in?

I plan to major in Psychology with a minor in Linguistics

What years did you play Team BC?

U14 Baden Cup, U16 2016 NTCC, U17 2017 Canada Summer Games, U18 2018 Team BC Beach

Aside from winning medals or matches, what was one of your favourite memories playing with Team BC?

Spending time playing and watching beach volleyball with my teammates in Seaside Oregon

Name your favourite coach, trainer, or teammate from your time with Team BC.

Chris Dahl. During my U16 Team BC year Chris not only taught me a lot about volleyball, but many other aspects of the game as well. He introduced many important mental skills to me that have been extremely useful over my years of playing sports.

One of the requirements to win the Ray Lepp scholarship requires applicants to have a positive impact to other athletes and/or the community. What are some projects you are most proud of?

Coaching beach/ indoor volleyball camps throughout the last couple years has been extremely rewarding for me. Hoping to make an impact on younger athlete’s lives, coaching has provided me with the opportunity to pass on my knowledge of the game. Connecting with athletes through our similar love for volleyball has give me a whole new appreciation for the game.

Outside of volleyball I have volunteered with the Mustard Seed Food Bank and the Quest vaccine study.

What are some unique routines prior to playing your match, or even during the game?

Listen to music and talk with my teammates

What are some future volleyball-related goals for yourself?

Play professionally or maybe try out for the National Team.

How can people follow you on Instagram?



About Ray Lepp

Ray Lepp was a founding member of Volleyball BC (formerly BC Volleyball Association) in 1965, and continued as a Board Member until 1978. He was the President and/or Vice President for 10 of his 22 years a Board of Director. In his early years Ray played volleyball in Estonia in a very strong school and club system. Having recognized that the profile of volleyball in Canada was lower he worked tirelessly to increase interest in the sport. Some of the major programs for the Association included recruiting international coaches to BC, the Winfield Volleyball Camp, and the Pacific Rim Championships.

Ray was certified as a National Official during the time of the Pacific Rim Championships and travelled to the tournament as head of delegation for the Pacific Rim program. During the 1960’s and 1970’s, Ray coached the UBC Men’s Volleyball Team for a total of 10 years. At one time, six players on the Canadian National Team had been coached by Ray at UBC.

In 1989, Ray helped to fundraise some money for the Estonia National Team, who was touring BC, and whose flight was suddenly stopped in Toronto. With the raised funds and Ray’s personal contribution, the team made it to BC. With Ray’s passing, he donated funds through his will to provide a permanent endowment that would support this scholarship in perpetuity.

More Information on the Ray Lepp Scholarship can be found on the Awards & Scholarships page.


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