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St. Mary teachers inducted into Ontario Volleyball Hall of Fame

On June 2, two teachers from St. Mary Catholic Secondary School were welcomed into the Ontario Volleyball Hall of Fame by the Ontario Volleyball Association (OVA).

The recognition was created to honour those who have made a significant impact on the sport in Ontario in one of the following distinct categories: athletes, teams, coaches, officials, builders, and Honorary Life Members, also known as Furlani Legends.

Jos Nederveen, a retired secondary school teacher and Nancy Castura, a teacher at St. Mary Catholic Secondary School, were both inducted into the 2018 Inaugural OVA Hall of Fame as builders.

Beginning his club coaching career in 1981, Nederveen went on to found the Mountain Athlete Club which has since has evolved into the current Mountain Volleyball Club.

Over his 35-year coaching career, Nederveen has helped transform volleyball athletics from within the Hamilton and Golden Horseshoe region. Committed to the sport, he’s “initiated numerous development programs for young athletes, and transitioned older athletes into mentorship roles.” (Ontario Volleyball)

In 2012, he captured his 20th high school championship.

On the promotions side, Castura has been instrumental in “promoting the success of club teams, their individual coaches, and players, as well as the developmental programs that Jos helped to initiate.” (Ontario Volleyball)

In addition to their recognition, their daughter Meagan, a St. Mary graduate, was the recipient of an OVA Recognition Award for coaching and mentoring.

Congratulations Jos, Nancy and Meagan!