Something about Shannon …

Shannon finished up her stellar volleyball career playing professional volleyball in Madeira Portugal . After this, she attended and graduated from Humber College with honours in Business and Professional Golf Course Management. She is currently employed at The Oakwood Resort, Golf, Spa & Conference Centre in Grand Bend.

Shannon played one year of volleyball for the Western Mustangs and contributed to every successful turn around for the team, as they went from a one win and thirteen loss year, to a thirteen win and one loss year. She then transferred to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In the three years that Shannon played for the Wolverines, she broke and still holds several individual records. This includes most kills in a single season Big 10 (338) and all competition (507), Shannon is sixth on the all time kills per career list having played only three years instead of the usual four. She has the highest average number of kills per season of any Michigan player ever (332). She was MVP and TEAM CAPTAIN in her final year as a Wolverine. Shannon was also the first Michigan player to be selected to the ALL BIG TEN - FIRST TEAM.

Shannon is a qualified teacher having graduated from the School of Education at U of M with a degree in Kinesiology. Shannon was on the Dean's Honour List.

Previous to her success at the University of Michigan , Shannon …

  • Travelled to Japan and played with the Canadian National Team, while in her OAC year at Saunders Secondary School .
  • Played on the Canadian National Junior Team.
  • Earned the Most Valuable Player award at the National Championships in 1991, playing on the Ontario Provincial Team.
  • Played on the Gold Medal winning Region 3 team at the Provincial Championships.
  • Played for the Saunders Sabres who won five London Conference Championships, two WOSSA Championships, and one OFSSA Championship.
  • Played two years for Westmount Elementary School winning City Championships both years.

Something about Darren…

Darren played three years as a starter for the Western Mustang men's' volleyball team and then he took a year off to work as a volunteer trainer for the Mustangs men's basketball team. This helped Darren to be accepted in the department of Medicine at the University of Toronto , in Physiotherapy. Darren completed his postgraduate studies in June 2002. Darren graduated from Western in Honours Kinesiology with distinction. He has been an ACADEMIC ALL CANADIAN at both Western and Toronto .

Darren used up his last two years of eligibility playing volleyball for the Varsity Blues. In his first year at U of T, he led the team with a 3.40 kill average per game and led the OUA East in kill efficiency. He contributed to the Blues winning the OUA East and OUA Championships. He was selected to the OUA East ALL-STAR games; the East was victorious over the WEST. Darren attended the CIAU Championships three times.

Previous to his success at the University of Western Ontario , and the University of Toronto , Darren…

  • Played on the Ontario Provincial team that played as Team Canada in Puerto Rico at the 1994 NORCECA Championships.
  • Played on the 1994 Ontario Provincial Team that won the Gold Medal in Sherbrooke , Quebec at the National Team Challenge Cup.
  • Played on the Gold Medal winning Region 3 team at the Provincial Championships in Kingston .
  • In his six years of playing for the Forest City Volleyball Club, he has been a Provincial Champion and attended National Championships three times, Midget, Juvenile and Junior. In 1996, he was selected ALL-STAR at the Provincial Championships.
  • In his five years playing for the Saunders Sabres, he attended OFSSA three times, was named York University tournament All-Star, and was twice named the team's Most Valuable Player.
  • In Grade 12, he was named Male Athlete-of-the-Year, and in his OAC year was named Saunders Most Outstanding Male Graduating Athlete and was Captain of the volleyball team.
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