Grande Prairie volleyball star Ciaran McGovern meets new challenges head-on

OTTAWA (December 20, 2012) – The first couple of months as a professional volleyball player overseas have not been easy for Ciaran McGovern.  The 23-year-old Grande Prairie volleyball star signed his first pro contract this fall with GO Volley located in Nova Gorica, Slovenia in that country’s top league.

Adjustments to a new language, new teammates, new league and different philosophy of play and training have greeted McGovern to the world of professional volleyball.

He plays his last match before the Christmas break on Saturday against Astec Triglav then will return home for two and half weeks to celebrate the holiday season.  So far, McGovern has produced 35 points in nine matches with his new squad.  GO Volley has four wins and six losses this season and is in a three-way tie for fourth place in the Liga.

The regular season started October 6 and runs until mid-March followed by the playoffs which will conclude April 16

“To start the season I had a few injuries that really set me back and I missed the entire preseason.” said McGovern.  “Other players have also suffered a lot of setbacks with injuries, however we are really starting to progress as a team.  We have only played one match without injuries all year.”

McGovern though has worked hard to adjust to his new way of life on and off the court.   “Every situation that you are in is going to be different.  The most important thing is working with the players around you and know what works best for you.  It is about working to find solutions to the problems and growing as a team.”

“FTC helped me physically prepare for being overseas,” said the former University of Calgary star.  “At FTC there is a lot of communication and a very high level of training with the coaches and other players. It helps when I know the players from before.  Playing professionally really breaks you out of a comfort zone that is given in Canada and you have to be able to adapt to different styles.”

McGovern improved so much last winter at the FTC that he was on Canada’s roster for its World League matches this past summer.

His dedication and willingness to adjust to his new duties overseas and his maturity under challenging situations shows he’ll be a strong candidate once again for a spot on Team Canada.