TVRA is extremely proud and honoured to announce that our very own Michele Van Bargen was the receipt of this year’s Pete Beach Award.
Michele has been a dedicated teacher-coach for all of her 28 years of teaching. Most prominently, she has coached Girls Volleyball and Track and Field for her entire career, sharing her expertise in both sports across multiple generations of student-athletes.
Michele’s contributions to Athletic Administration are vast and cover all levels of school sport organization. Michele served at the school level as Athletic Director for 10 years before pursuing a new role as the Health and Physical Education department head, and she is a longstanding Staff Advisor for the Student Athletic Association. In addition to her contributions within the school community, Michele served as the Volleyball Convenor for TVRAA for upwards of 15 years. She was the driving force behind the OFSAA West Ultimate Championship being held in recent years, giving an opportunity for students to participate in a grassroots program where the emphasis is on sportsmanship and celebrating sport.
Michele’s dedication to her students, her colleagues and the school sport community at large is second to none, making her a very deserving candidate for the Pete Beach Award.