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Haiti´s Joachim recognized with Mintonette Award

HOLYOKE – The International Volleyball Hall of Fame has presented the venerable Jacques Joachim from Haiti with the Mintonette Medallion of Merit Award in recognition of significant and individual achievement.

The ceremony took place during the annual gala of the Hall of Fame where five new inductees joined the hallowed halls on November 18 in Holyoke, Massachusetts USA, the sport’s birthplace.

The 32nd induction class consisted of male beach player Jose Loiola of Brazil, male indoor volleyball player Ronald Zwerver of the Netherlands, female indoor volleyball player Irina Kirillova Parkhomchuk of Russia, coach Anders Kristiansson of Sweden, and leader Jizhong Wei of China. 

Joachim one of the founders of NORCECA Volleyball Confederation made the trip to Holyoke, the site where volleyball was invented with a large group of family and friends.

He received the plaque of recognition from Hall of Famer Douglas Beal former coach of USA Men’s Volleyball Team who is a co-chair of the selection committee..

The Mintonette Medallion of Merit Award, created in 1996, is presented to individuals in recognition of a single significant record or the accomplishment of single or multiple achievements in the sport of volleyball.

It recalls the original name that volleyball’s inventor, William G. Morgan, assigned to the sport when he invented it in 1895.

Joachim is honorary vice president of NORCECA and his contributions to the development of volleyball throughout the world has been also recognized by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB):

The International Volleyball Hall of Fame, incorporated in 1978, continues to create a diversely representative institution with inductees of both genders and disciplines – indoor volleyball and beach volleyball – coming from a wide range of countries

The induction class is elected by a vote of past International Volleyball Hall of Fame inductees. All told, 135 individuals representing 23 different countries have been inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame after this year’s enshrinement ceremony.