Hall of Fame - Athlete Category
Michelle Sawatzky (Koop)
Michelle grew up in Steinbach and was a member of Steinbach Regional Secondary School Sabres. She led her Volleyball team to the 1987 Provincial AA Championship and was also setter on the 1989 Canada Summer Games Bronze Medalist team. Michelle was the starting setter at the U of M as they won National Championships in 1990, 1991 and 1992 and was named CIAU/CIS Player of the Year in 1991, 1992, and in 1993 was named U of M Female Athlete of the Year. She was a two time CIAU/CIS National Championship MVP, and All-Star on two other occasions. Michelle also participated on two (2) World Student Volleyball Games teams in 1991 and 1992 and on the Senior National Team in 1995. She finished third at the NORCECA in the Dominican Republic, ninth at the World Cup in Japan, Bronze at the Pan American Games in Argentina in 1996 and also was a member of the team that finished 9th in the Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Michelle is currently on the morning radio show in Steinbach, and is a motivational speaker.