Canada to compete at sitting world volleyball championships July 11-18 in Oklahoma City

CALGARYCanada will field a men’s and women’s team at the sitting world volleyball championships for athletes with a disability set for July 11-18, Oklahoma City.

Both Canadian teams were granted berths to the tournament which is expected to attract more than 600 players from 20 countries. For Kerry MacDonald, Volleyball Canada’s disabled national team coordinator, competing at the worlds represents a great opportunity for the Canadian program.

“This is definitely a huge step for us,” said MacDonald. “We’ve never been to a world championship and in fact our international experience has been limited to the America’s zone. So for us to get a chance to see the top teams from Europe and Asia will be very beneficial.”

The Canadian women’s team is comprised of Chantal Beauchesne of St-Isidore, Ont., Allison Lang of Edmonton and Leaha Hickman of Lashburn, Alta. The other team members are Jolan Brunner of Vermilion, Alta., Danielle Ellis and Jordan Funnel, both of White Rock, B.C., Karen McCoy of Lincoln, N.B., Amber Skyrpan of Wandering River, Alta., and Tanja Hodzic of Vancouver and Krista McDonald.

The men’s team members are Chad Drummond, Austin Hinchey and Doug Learoyd, all of Edmonton, Jose Rebelo of St-Hubert, Que., Kevin Strybosch of London, Ont., Eric Dechaine of St. Lina, Alta., Wilfredo Morewilson of Toronto, Mikael Bartholdy of Calgary and Greg Stewart of Kamloops, B.C.

The Canadian teams will hold a training camp this weekend in Calgary and two more camps in June: they are June 11-13 in Edmonton and June 25-27 in Surrey, B.C.

The world championships are also a qualifying tournament for the 2012 Paralympic Games in LondonCanada will have another opportunity to qualify for the Games next year. Sitting volleyball became a Paralympic sport in 2004.

What is sitting volleyball? See video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zsPMJDsZrI

2010 World Championship website: www.2010worlds.com

For more information
Kerry MacDonald
Coordinator, Disabled Programs
Volleyball Canada
kmacdonald@volleyball.ca