Alexandre Gaumont Casias reached lifelong dream to play for Team Canada

 OTTAWA – Alexandre Gaumont Casias of Marieville, Que., announced his retirement from the Canadian men’s national volleyball team concluding a nine-year career with the squad.

‘’Being on the national team was always a dream and then it became a passion,’’ said Gaumont Casias, who played 60 matches for Canada. “I fought hard to get on that team. I didn’t have the best hands but I worked hard and made it.’’

Casias, a leftside player, first wore the red and white during an exhibition tour in Winnipeg in 2004 against Argentina. Since that first selection in 2004, he has been a member of Team Canada up until the conclusion of the 2012 World League.

In 2003, he played at the Cegep de Sherbrooke and was selected as rookie of the year. After one year at the Cegep level, he decided to join the University of Alberta Golden Bears and was selected to the All-Canadian Rookie Team and was the Canada West Rookie of the Year.

In addition, Gaumont Casias was a member of the Alberta Golden Bears team that won the CIS Championship with fellow Team Canada members Brock Davidiuk and Nicholas Cundy.

Gaumont Casias helped Team Canada qualify for the 2010 World Championship in Italy at the 2010 NORCECA World Championship Qualification tournament in 2009.

He returned to the Canadian lineup during a European Tour in Estonia and helped the Canadian team to a first place finish at the event following a long absence that saw him miss both the 2011 Pan Am Cup and first leg of World League qualification due to injuries.

‘’Once you are with the national team you are hooked for life,’’ said Gaumont Casias, who also enjoyed a successful professional career in Europe. ‘’It was the collective effort that made it such a great experience to be on the team.’’

Gaumont ended his career with Team Canada in Finland at the 2012 World League in which Canada defeated Finland and secured its spot in the World League competition for 2013.

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