Edmonton’s Brock Davidiuk retires from national teamOTTAWA – After 12 seasons with the Canadian national program, Brock Davidiuk of Edmonton has announced his retirement from Team Canada’s men’s volleyball team.
“My time with the Canadian team was an incredible ride,” said Davidiuk, 29. “To have set my mind to something from a young age and then accomplish it brings me great personal pride.”
Davidiuk first wore the Maple Leaf in 2002 as a member of the Junior National Team that won gold at the 2002 NORCECA Junior Championship in Kelowna, BC. The following year, he returned to selection camp and was once again named to Junior National Team roster that finished 9th at the 2003 World Junior Championship in Iran
He then competed for the Senior National Team for the first time in 2004 and was an integral part for the rest of his career. As captain of the 2009 squad, he led his team to a berth in the 2010 FIVB World Championship in Italy at the NORCECA World Championship Qualification tournament.
In 2011, he helped the earn a berth for the 2012 World League Qualification tournament through finishing 3rd at the 2011 Pan Am Cup in Gatineau, QC. Canada eventually made the World League tournament for the first time in five years.
’’The experience with Team Canada and the people I met have shaped me as a person and for that I'm grateful,’’ he said.
He played at both the collegiate and university level, he was first a member of the Red Deer College Kings with fellow national team member Nicholas Cundy. While at Red Deer College he won two CCAA Championship as well as received numerous awards such as CCAA Academic All-Canadian, CCAA Championship MVP and finally athlete of the year. Davidiuk was also as successful with the University of Alberta Golden Bears as he won the CIS Championship, was named CIS All-Canadian, CIS Championship MVP and Athlete of the Year.
Following his collegiate and university career, Brock joined Team Canada’s Full-Time Training Centre in Winnipeg where he trained for the year prior to being selected to the FISU team that finished second at the 2007 Universiade Games in Bangkok, Thailand, tying Canada’s best finish ever at these Games
Davidiuk concluded his career with 41 international matches for Team Canada, while also playing professional volleyball overseas for a number of years. He will now direct his energy to his company Grass Roots Volley that focuses on running position and skill specific clinic for volleyball athletes in Alberta.
‘’I'd like to thank all my teammates,'' he said. ‘’And through the years all those behind the scenes. And I'd also like to thank my unwavering number-one fans and lifeline through it all, Mom and Dad.’’