Lewisporte Academy volleyball coach Dean Catling was recently nominated for the Junior Coach of the year.
It was a great accomplishment for Catling who has been nominated for various volleyball awards in recent years. This year however, Catling had some company as one of his players, Kelsei Rogers, was also nominated for the Junior Player of the year. Both of the nominations came from the Newfoundland and Labrador Volleyball association and are remarkable accomplishment for both nominees. With the majority of recognition coming from the larger centres such as Corner Brook and St. John's, to be nominated from the central area is a clear example of how much talent and knowledge both Catling and Kelsei have for the sport of volleyball.
It has been a magical run for the Lewisporte Academy junior girls volleyball team as they have dominated the majority of the tournaments that they have participated in this past season. At one point during the school year the team had won five straight regional tournaments making a case for them being considered one of the best junior girls volleyball teams to ever play in the Lewisporte area.
Catling has built not only strong teams in recent years but has also laid a strong foundation within the community for the sport of volleyball and for more students to become involved in the sport. He has held tournaments, coaching clinics and also had school teams like the MUN Seahawks use his school for practices and qualifiers.
Kelsei has been a tough competitor. She has gotten better every year that she has played. She just recently received news that she has made the Newfoundland team to compete in the Elite Championships in Moncton, New Brunswick this summer. This is a feat that she has accomplished three consecutive years.