Jonathon Michael Walsh was born July 12, 1977 in Fort McMurray.
A graduate of Westwood Community High School in 1995 he would go on to play volleyball at Red Deer College assisting the Kings to a No. 1 ranking in the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association for three consecutive years 1996-1999.
He would then shift over to the Calgary Dinos program where the team was ranked 3rd and 5th nationally in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) from 1999-2001.
The dream of playing professional volleyball presented itself when the 199 cm universal position player suited up for the FT 1844 club in Freiburg, Germany (2001-2002).
His talents – 254 cm standing reach, 350 cm approach reach – would also find him playing for Ponta Delgada in Azores, Portugal (2002-2004), Jakarta Phinisi, Indonesia (2004), Mont St Guibertin in Belgium (2004-2005) and Brother Martinus in Amstelveen Netherlands (2005-2007).
After his professional career he took on the role of volleyball agent for Bring it on Promotions based in the Netherlands and represented professional volleyball players in 26 different countries.
Curtis J. Phillips, Past President of the Wood Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame Society states, “for the last 15 years whenever I talk to young local athletes about how to never give up and to continue to reach for their dreams, I tell them about Jon Walsh.
Jon did not make his team in Grade 9 and sat the bench in Grade 10. With determination and drive he made the starting line-up in grade 11 and in grade 12 was one of the best high school volleyball players in Alberta.
One Challenge Cup game sticks out in particular where Jon aced an entire game…an entire game…with his jump service! It was and is to this day, one of the top high school athletic performances in the history of our city.”
Walsh passed away April 27, 2010 in Lausanne, Switzerland of a rare cardiac disease shortly after playing a game of beach volleyball.
Walsh has annual volleyball tournaments played in his honour in both Red Deer and Fort McMurray at their respective colleges.
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