Blair Bann named Best digger at Pan Am Games

OTTAWA (November 2, 2011) – Blair Bann of Edmonton was named the Best Digger at the Pan Am Games which concluded this weekend in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Bann was a member of the Canadian men’s team that finished sixth and posted upset wins over the U.S., and Puerto RicoCanada was represented at the Games by its Fulltime National Training Centre squad based in Gatineau, Que.

In 98 attempts, Bann collected 53 digs and 24 receptions for a 2.65 success rate per set. The former UBC Thunderbirds star was also ranked third among Liberos at the Games.

Spencer Leiske of Lacombe, Alta., was ranked third in tournament scoring with 103 points which included a 36 points effort in Canada’s win over the U.S. He led Canada in scoring in every match at the Games.

Bansley and Maloney in Thailand

Heather Bansley and Liz Maloney of Toronto are currently in Phuket, Thailand for a women’s only stop on the FIVB beach volleyball circuit. Bansley and Maloney who have enjoyed a strong season this year have a bye to the main draw which starts Thursday.

In qualifying Wednesday, Annie Martin of Sherbrooke, Que., and Marie-Andrée Lessard of Ville LaSalle.,  were eliminated in the second round while Jamie Broder of Victoria and Kristina Valjas of Toronto as well as Caleigh Whitaker and Victoria Altomare of Toronto lost their opening matches.

Guimond in Romania

Former Canadian women’s national team member Janie Guimond of Bécancourt, Que., landed her first pro contract in September earning a spot with SCMU Craiova in the Romanian pro league. ‘’It’ll be the first time I’ll leave the country for such an extensive period,’’ she said. ‘’It promises to be a very enriching experience.’’

New resource for media at

The FIVB launched the latest section of its website on Friday as the Media page was finally unveiled.

The new area acts as a hub for all things media-related from the FIVB, bringing together a host of useful information.

Members of the media who have recently registered for the FIVB Media Club can login directly from the page and journalists who are interested in joining can sign up.

Meanwhile, all visitors have direct access to publications including the recently released FIVB Volleyball World Cup 2011 Media Guide, World Volley News and VolleyWorld as well as links to the FIVB YouTube channel, Twitter feed and Facebook page.

Additionally, links to the FIVB Heroes website and FIVB Web TV are also on offer as well as to the official FIVB iPhone app and the weekly FIVB e-Newsletter.

There is also the option to filter news stories to suit an individual’s needs, allowing them to pick and choose what they would like to read about.

To view the new section of the website visit