Jim Savill already had 17 years of Volleyball experience before he arrived in Barrie. His resume included OVA Certified University Referee. High school girls volleyball coach. Organizer of a men’s Provincial B volleyball team. A Regional Volleyball Official. A National Candidate where he had the opportunity to officiate the Canadian Olympic men’s team in a game against the Japanese men’s team at a CanAm competition in Edmonton. In 1991 he came to Barrie and immediately got involved in local, and Ontario Volleyball Association officiating. He worked at the elementary, high school, and college level. He has held numerous refereeing clinics in the Barrie area and developed several coaches over the same period. Savill has assigned volleyball officials in Barrie, Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, Parry Sound, and Huntsville. In 1994, Savill was the motivating force in developing the Georgian Cubs Volleyball Club beginning with two teams that season. The club grew to 21 by 2001, in Barrie, Orillia, and Collingwood. Jim and the Cubs organization insisted on providing certified OVA coaches to ensure the young volleyball players had the best possible training. The Cubs have won numerous tournaments, Provincial, and National championships at all levels. Savill represented Innisdale High School as the teams’ referee, at the1994 ISF World Championships in France. In the 1996 championships in Komarno, Slovaki, he was assigned as second referee in the women’s final. Seeing all the young players that he helped develop return to Barrie to get involved in the sport as coaches, referees and contributing members of the community are proud moments for Savill.
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