Volleyball Manitoba Announces 2017 Inductees into Hall of Fame

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The Volleyball Manitoba Annual Awards & Hall of Fame Banquet was held last night, Sunday June 11 at Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park. In addition to celebrating our annual awards, the evening also included this year’s Volleyball Manitoba Hall of Fame inductions.

This year’s Hall of Fame inductees include the following:

Ben Trunzo, in the Builder category

He is one of the longest serving Athletic Therapists in Winnipeg. He has dedicated his career to teaching, mentoring, and advancing the field of Athletic Therapy for the last 30 years. He certified as an Athletic Therapist in 1987, and since that time has helped countless athletes with injuries, keeping them on the court and helping them perform to the best of their abilities.

Some of Ben’s credentials and volleyball roles include the following:

Ken  Krahn, in the Athlete Category

Ken grew up in Brandon, MB where he played many sports, including competitive hockey until 14, soccer and golf. Once at Junior High, he became involved in most school sports including volleyball, basketball, badminton, and track. Ken was selected to the Provincial Volleyball Team following his grade 11 year, at which time volleyball became his main sport focus, even though playing basketball at BU was an option for him to pursue.

Highlights of Ken’s volleyball career include the following:

Jules Martens, in the Athlete Category

Growing up in North Kildonan, Jules played many organized sports such as hockey, soccer and baseball (AAA). Eventually school sports became more of a focus and at Westgate Collegiate basketball and volleyball were his main pursuits. Jules was ultimately recruited for volleyball by the University of Manitoba where he earned national championships and individual awards. This was followed by participation with Team Canada and playing professionally overseas.

Highlights of Jules’s involvement in volleyball include the following:

1997- 2000 – Played professional in Holland and Brazil
BEACH

1993 & 1994 – Provincial Beach Championship

1993 – 3rd at Western Canadians, 2nd at Amateur Nationals

1994 – 1st at Western Championships

1996 – Finished 2nd at Jose Cuervo Pro Events in Vancouver and Montreal.  3rd at Nationals in Toronto.

Dr. Constance ‘Connie’ Lebrun, in the Athlete Category

Volleyball in Manitoba was in it’s infancy in the late 1960’s and early 70’s, but our province had many leaders at that time that paved the way for the rich history of volleyball success that our province continues to achieve to this day. Among the athletes that benefited at that time was Constance ‘Connie’ Lebrun. Connie played volleyball at Kelvin High School in Winnipeg and went on to join the ‘Bisonettes’ at the University of Manitoba in the early 1970’s.

Connie continued to experience success and excellence in the sport of volleyball during the next several years with the Bisonettes and then at the next level with the Canadian National Team. Her career with Team Canada allowed her to participate in many international competitions, including the following:

Following her volleyball playing days, Connie went on to become a Sport Medicine Doctor earning various accolades, while also continuing to stay involved with international level sport. She has worked with various national team programs and with the Canadian Medical Team at 4 Summer Olympics (Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing), 3 Winter Olympics (Vancouver, Torino and as Chief Doctor in Sochi) and 4 Pan American Games (87, 91, 2003, 2011). She was thrilled to be the court-side physician for the Canadian beach volleyball teams in Sydney and Beijing! She currently works at the University of Alberta Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic in Edmonton and recently wrote a chapter on the Female Volleyball Player for the 2nd Edition of the International Olympic Committee Handbook on Volleyball that will be published soon.

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