Ian Halliday

Ian Halliday has been coaching the Canadian National Sitting Volleyball Team for the past two years. A former able bodied volleyball player, Ian began his coaching career in able-bodied volleyball but later made the transition into sitting volleyball. Having had much involvement and successes in the world of able-bodied coaching, when Ian was presented with the opportunity to coach sitting volleyball, he could not turn it down, especially having such a strong interest in Paralympic sport. Ian’s mother lost her leg to cancer in 2005 and he says that it was since then that his interest in parasport became piqued.

Ian holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology with Distinction from the University of Calgary, as well as a Masters of Coaching from the University of Queensland in Australia. He is working tirelessly with his team toward the 2011 Parapan American Games and hopes that there, his team will qualify for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Sport has always been a very important part of Ian’s life and he continues to instill the importance of it into his players. He says, “Sport represents the avenue for personal and social development through challenges, failures and successes. It teaches the values of perseverance, hard work and respect for others. It provides the tools needed to overcome adversity and stay committed to goals within and outside of sport.”

When Ian is not coaching, he is works as Program Director with the Alberta Volleyball Association or enjoys reading and playing recreational sports.