Langley to Host 2013 NORCECA Senior Men’s Continental Championship

 Township of Langley, BC (September 29, 2012) – Volleyball Canada is pleased to announce that Langley will play host to another major international volleyball competition; the 2013 NORCECA Men’s Continental Volleyball Championship. The event will be a partnership between the hosting partners of the Langley Events Centre, Volleyball BC and Volleyball Canada.

The championship will take place next September, and will be held at the Langley Events Centre.  It will be the biggest international tournament to ever be held in BC. The NORCECA Continental Championship will include the top eight or nine men’s teams from the NORCECA Zone including Canada (world rank #18), USA (world rank #5) Cuba (#6), Puerto Rico (#21), Mexico (#23), Dominican Republic (#45) and two to three other qualifiers from Central America and the Caribbean, all sending their top rosters to Langley.

NORCECA stands for the North & Central America and Caribbean Confederation, and is one of five continental confederations within the Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB). Every 2 years the volleyball confederations celebrate their Continental Senior Championships and 2013 offers the next opportunity for our men’s team to compete for continental supremacy.  The event will not only determine the newest continental champion and provide valuable world ranking points, but will reward the winner of the event with a berth into the 2013 FIVB Grand Champions Cup to be held later that fall in Japan. The Grand Champions Cup offers $1million in prize money to the teams and athlete award winners.

“On behalf of the Township of Langley, we are extremely excited to be hosting yet another major international event at the Langley Events Centre,” Township of Langley Mayor Jack Froese commented, “the facility continues to attract world class events and the 2013 NORCECA Continental Championship for men's volleyball will be yet another that showcases the facility and the Township of Langley to the world.“ 

“This will be another great opportunity for our community to see the best the world has to offer in the sport of volleyball, this time at the senior men’s level,” Director of Business Development, at the LEC, Jared Harman noted, “being able to feature Olympic level volleyball and having the chance to work with Volleyball BC, Volleyball Canada and NORCECA again will ensure another exciting event for our calendar.”

"Hosting the U23 Pan American Men's Volleyball Cup this week has proven to Volleyball Canada and to NORCECA that Langley has the organizational capacity to deliver a successful event at this level, " Volleyball Canada President Hugh Wong commented. "The Host Committee along with Volleyball BC, the venue staff, and numerous volunteers have been excellent. A lot of work goes into the organization and delivery of these events and we anticipate that given one year to plan and promote that next years NORCECA Men's Championship will exceed expectations and we look forward to great crowds coming from throughout BC to cheer on our national team."

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For further Information:

John Blacher                                                                                                        Jared Harman
Director of Operations, Indoor National Teams                                            Director, Business Development

Volleyball Canada                                                                                              Langley Events Centre

204-479-3612                                                                                                      604-455-8851

jblacher@volleyball.ca                                                                                      jharman@langleyeventscentre.com