Gail Roberts has greatly impacted the sporting community of Newfoundland and Labrador for 50 years. She has excelled in many sports including volleyball, basketball and field hockey. Her steady and calm approach along with a strong attention to detail has led her to succeed as an athlete, coach, administrator and official. Gail captained the Memorial University Women’s Volleyball team, winning three consecutive Provincial Championships (1967-1969) and led the team in Newfoundland and Labrador’s first ever international volleyball match in 1968. She competed in 8 National/Atlantic Volleyball Championships as an Athlete. In 1967, Gail competed in the first Canada Winter Games as a member of the provincial volleyball team and in 1971 competed in the Canada Winter Games as a member of the Provincial basketball team. She was also a member of the Canada Games Mission Staff in 1973 and the Volleyball coaching staff in 1975. Gail was elected to the Memorial University Athletic Honour Society in 1970.
Gail began her coaching career in 1970 and attended the National Junior Volleyball Development Camp as an Apprentice coach in 1971. She served as a Provincial Volleyball and Basketball Official between 1970-1979 and was Vice President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Volleyball Association from 1973-1975. She achieved National Coaching Certifications in Volleyball and Basketball. As a coach, Gail won eight St. John’s High School Volleyball Championships, five Provincial High School Volleyball Championships, eight St. John’s High School Basketball Championships, six Provincial High School Basketball Championships and nine St. John’s High School Field Hockey Championships. Gail joined the Canadian Olympic Committee in 1997 and served until 2013 as a “B” Director. From 1993-1997 she served as Chair of the Board of Governors of The Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame. In 1994 she was instrumental in the signing of an Archive Agreement between Sport NL and the Provincial Archives of NL.
Gail has also served on committees and boards including the Canada Games Park Board, later Memorial University Recreation Complex with Memorial University, from 1995 -2004. For her contributions to sport, she was inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Volleyball and Basketball Halls of Fame.