Halifax to host the 2011 SWATCH FIVB Junior World Championships

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Nov 2, 2010 – The Halifax Waterfront was announced as the venue for the 2011 SWATCH Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Junior World Championships, August 30th - September 4th at a press conference held today at the Delta Halifax.
The five day tournament will see over 400 delegates and athletes from more than 30 countries in Halifax for both the men’s and women’s championships.  On hand for the announcement was one-half of Canada’s gold medal men’s team, Sam Schachter.  He and team mate Garrett May were undefeated in their bid to take the 2010 international title home to Canada this past September in Alanya, Turkey.  “It was really surreal to win the championship and hearing today’s announcement and knowing that it is coming to Canada next year is really poignant for both Garrett and myself.”  Their win gave Canada its first ever medal and first final four placement for either gender in the event’s 10-year history.
Canada has been a member of the FIVB since 1953.  Volleyball Canada currently oversees an organization of over 80,000 members nationwide. Ed Drakich brought remarks on behalf of Volleyball Canada and the FIVB, “these championships come as we see the continued proliferation of our sport across Canada.  Bringing the best in the world junior divisions and the FIVB tournament to Halifax in 2011 is history in the making.”
The FIVB World Junior Championships are held annually at beach locations all over the world. Perhaps one of the more unique features of the Halifax event will be the venue and the re-creation of a beach surface with a temporary stadium.   Roughly 2000 tonnes of sand will be trucked into position via 66 triaxle trailers in the week leading up to the international championships on the Halifax Waterfront’s Cunard Lot.  Event Producer and President of Sports and Entertainment Atlantic, Derek Martin felt the venue and the timing of the championships made Halifax a perfect selection for the 2011 tournament. “The Halifax Waterfront provides an absolutely stunning location and our date will allow us to celebrate the end of summer with a party that the whole world is invited to attend.”

Martin was pleased with the early support from the corporate community adding that, “we are well on our way to making this event a success with many partners recognizing the value and significance of attracting this International championships to Halifax.”

Corporate partners who have already signed on for the event include:  Waterfront Development Corporation, CTV, CHUM, the Chronicle Herald, CBS Outdoor, Bud Light Lime, Avis, the Delta Halifax, Atlantic Digital, Coca-Cola, RCR Hospitality and Canuckstuff.  Martin closed by saying, “several opportunities remain for partners and service providers of all sizes. “
About The FIVB:
The FIVB consists of 220 affiliated Federations and governs, manages and promotes all forms of Volleyball and Beach Volleyball worldwide through tournaments such as the World Championships, World League, World Grand Prix, SWATCH FIVB World Tour, SWATCH FIVB World Championships, Continental Beach Volleyball Cup, Beach Volleyball World Cup, World Cup, Grand Champions Cup, Junior and Youth tournaments and, of course, the Olympics. In the words of now Honorary President Dr. Rubén Acosta, the FIVB has entered the third phase of its life with the election of Jizhong Wei as President, after 24 years of continuous improvement under Dr. Acosta and the 37 years of leadership from President Paul Libaud. The crowning achievement after 24 years of peerless leadership from Dr. Acosta was in realising his dream of creating a fitting home for Volleyball's future generations. The result of his endeavour was the creation of "Château Les Tourelles", FIVB's stunning headquarters on the banks of Lake Geneva in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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