Little did Rae-Ann Mitchell know where volleyball would take her when she first stepped foot on the court as a member of the Lakewood Elementary junior team.
Her impressive career got started when she hoisted provincial championship trophies with the D.P. Todd Trojans senior team from 1990 to 1992. To cap off a stellar high school stint, which saw her collect numerous other medals, Mitchell was crowned Athlete of the Year in 1992 for her leadership on the Trojans provincial juggernaut.
But that was just the beginning for the Victoria-born Rae-Ann. She was forced to find some more room in her trophy case for yet another graduating athlete-of-the-year award as she starred with the University of Winnipeg Wesmen women’s volleyball team in 1996. She was named an All-Canadian for three consecutive years (1994, 1995, 1996).
Arguably one of the high points during Rae-Ann’s university volleyball career was when she competed at the University Games in Japan in 1995.
Upon graduation, Rae-Ann turned pro and joined a professional volleyball team in Temse, Belgium. She played one year of pro ball (1998-1999) before she returned to Canada in April of 1999.
It was at that time Rae-Ann returned to the Canadian National Team. She was a survivor of the tryout camps and was a member of the team the year of qualifying for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia – the pinnacle of her Hall of Fame volleyball career that started in Prince George.
Rae-Ann has since returned to Prince George to assist in numerous summer volleyball camps. She also has coached volleyball to children from Temse, Belgium. All that and she still is actively involved with the Canadian National volleyball team.
Rae-Ann now resides in Vancouver as a motivational speaker, addressing mainly youth athletes. She would also like to upgrade some courses with hopes of returning to university.