Volleyball Olympian Sawatzky-Koop honoured

Volleyball Olympian Sawatzky-Koop honoured

Former Manitoba standout competed at '96 Games in Atlanta

EDMONTON – Two-time national player of the year Michelle Sawatzky-Koop is the latest Manitoba Bison headed to the Canada West Hall of Fame.

Sawatzky-Koop's induction was announced Tuesday, as the former women's volleyball player became Manitoba's fourth CW Hall of Famer.

The Steinbach, Man. native played for the Bisons between 1988 and 1993, helping Manitoba to national titles in 1990, 1991, and 1992, winning championship MVP honours in 1991 and 1992.

Along with her success at the university level, Sawatzky-Koop competed for Canada on multiple occasions, highlighted by her 1996 trip to the Olympic Summer Games in Atlanta.

To read more about Sawatzky-Koop, who is also a talented pianist, click here.


For the last century, organized university sport has been a central part of the student experience at institutions across Western Canada. Beginning with the University of Manitoba capturing the first Western Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union (WCIAU) men's hockey banner in 1919-20, student-athletes have been competing to reach their full potential in sport and the classroom, while enriching campus life. 

To commemorate 100 years of university sport across Western Canada, the Canada West Hall of Fame was created in the spring of 2019, with the first induction class set to be unveiled throughout the 2019-20 season. 

VISIT: CanadaWestHallofFame.org

About Canada West

Since 1972, Canada West (CW) has been a leader in Canadian university sport, working to provide our student-athletes the opportunities to excel in sport, the classroom, and their communities. CW and our 17 members from across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba collectively carry on a legacy of competitive excellence, as our champions proudly go on to represent the conference at U SPORTS national championships.

Canada West – training leaders, building champions.