About Ken Davies
A native of Kendal, Ontario, Ken was born on September 8, 1971. His outstanding athletic abilities allowed him to excel in many sports. He was the MVP with the Darlington soccer team, MVP with the senior high school basketball team, MVP with the senior high school volleyball team, and Athlete of the Year at Clarke High School in Newcastle. He was chosen to the Ontario Provincial Team for the Canada Games in Saskatoon in 1989 which, as he put it, “was the dream of a lifetime”.
Ken’s goals were “to become a national team player and a physical education teacher”, and to that end he worked very hard at both academics and volleyball. According to his Provincial Team coach, “he was a quietly intense and dedicated worker. He was one of the most unselfish and coachable players I have ever worked with.” Ken was a quiet individual with a rich inner life. He liked “to playgolf, soccer and read”, however, according to his own words, “it was competition” that was the driving force that led him to engage in highly elite and competitive programs.
Of course, Ken’s idea of playing sports was “to play 100% all the time”. While returning from a tournament in the fall of 1989, Ken’s life was tragically taken from him by a drunk driver. His example and memory will always be with us.
Note: All quotes in bold are taken from Ken’s Provincial Team Athlete Profile form written by him in June 1989.
The Ken Davies Memorial Award is presented annually to a male Age Division athlete who demonstrates the qualities of determination, leadership, athletic ability and sportsmanship as exemplified by Ken Davies himself. We ask all coaches to forward a letter of nomination for an athlete who they feel is most deserving.
All player nominations must be received by February 10, 2017 in order to be included in the final award listing. To submit your nomination, fill out the nomination form below and click SEND.
QUESTIONS: Contact Carrie Campbell, Manager of Indoor Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 Winner – Jordan Figueira
Standing at just 5’11”, the undersized athlete steps onto the court with a big heart and a giant personality. Figueira has learned to harness his intensity and passion to become a determined, positive teammate who leads by example.
The skills that Figueira brings to the court are undeniably outstanding. With the effort he puts into each play it pushes his teammates to work hard alongside him. His motivation and work ethic has been noticed across Ontario. Nominator Josh Nichol, Head Coach for Team Ontario and Assistant Coach of rival squad Leaside Thunder, said “having been involved in the OVA Beach Tour, and coaching college, university, Team Ontario, and club volleyball for the past 12 years, I can say without a doubt that Jordan Figueira is one of the best volleyball players I have had the pleasure of coaching against and watching compete. He does everything at an extremely high-level and with unparalleled dedication. Jordan is an incredibly bright young man who is passionate about sport and especially volleyball. He is an extremely talented athlete, hard-working and an outstanding leader.”
Striving to maintain a “team first” philosophy, Figueira remains calm on the court to the betterment of his teammates. Whether on or off the court, Figueira understands the importance of encouraging everyone and pushes each person to perform at their best. He encourages them when they are struggling, gets excited when they are doing well and most of all, maintains a strong presence on the court during the toughest times of the match.
Figueira has led his Pakmen team on an incredible run that includes 5 consecutive Ontario Championships Gold medals in 2012, 2013, 2014 and two in 2015, in addition to medalling at Nationals in each of those same years. Even with all that hardware, he claims that one of the highlights of his career so far was being selected for Team Ontario. Through his experience, Figueira has learned to put others before himself and to encourage each player no matter the situation.
Figueira’s passion for volleyball has allowed him to share his knowledge at the McMaster University Volleyball Camp and as an assistant coach at Camp Madawaska. He also gives back to the volleyball community by being a referee and score keeper for elementary volleyball tournaments hosted at his high school.
It’s something special when an athlete is as well-rounded as Jordan Figueira. “He understands that it’s the “little things” that distinguish leadership such as being on time, helping to set-up the net at beginning of practice and at the end, encouraging a struggling teammate during a drill, and always showing his appreciation with a simple “thank you”. In competition Jordan does not judge other teams or athletes, but rather shows respect for opposing teams regardless of their abilities or skill sets.”
List of Past Winners
2015 - Sebastian Lethbridge
2014 - Andrew Richards
2013 – Brandon Koppers
2012 - Bruno Lortie
2011 - Tyler Scheerhoorn
2010 – Garrett May
2009 – Jeremie Lortie
2008 – Erik Mattson; Alex Oneid
2007 – Josh Lichty
2006 – Sander Ratsep
2005 – Josh Nederveen/Devin Atkinson
2004 – Devon Miller/Stuart Hamilton
2003 – Paul Hrkal
2002 – Nick Beaver
2001 – Mark Sidler/Tim Wiley
2000 – David Killam
1999 – Brian Fuchs
1998 – Chris Piggot
1997 – Pat Thomas
1996 – Dennis Cerpvac
1995 – Rob Janson/Neil Mason
1994 – Daryl Reid
1993 – Daryl Reid/Craig Done