Reader and Schalk to skip opening stop on beach volleyball World Tour circuit

OTTAWA – Martin Reader of Comox, B.C., and Chaim Schalk of Red Deer, Alta., will likely miss the opening event on the FIVB World Tour beach volleyball circuit scheduled for Brasilia, Brazil April 20-25.

Schalk is currently nursing a shoulder injury suffered in training this past winter and the new pair decided it wasn’t worth the risk to compete in Brazil. Instead they have their sights set on the second stop set for May 3-9 in Shanghai

“Chaim was given thumbs up by our team doctors to train full time on Monday but Brazil is just a little too soon,” said Reader. “There are too many things that could still happen with his shoulder; it’s a very sensitive injury. But we have our tickets for China and that’s what we’re focused on.

“It gives us a month to regroup and make sure we have the chemistry back. We were looking fantastic before the injury.”

Reader, who moved to Toronto in January and also trained three weeks this winter in Brazil, has enjoyed a great start to 2010. With Ray Sewell of Calgary he won the season opening event on the NORCECA (North and Central America) circuit last month in the Cayman Islands and followed the following week with a fourth place in El Salvador.

On the World Tour, Reader and Schalk’s main goal is to show consistency and improvement throughout the season. Reader has played four years on the circuit, while Schalk will be making his debut this season.

“It’s difficult to set specific results,” said Reader, who keeps his fans updated on his competitions and life experiences at www.martinreader.blogspot.com.  “It’s a feeler year for us but we would like first of all to qualify for the main draw at all the tournaments.”

Jesse Lelliott of Kelowna, B.C., and Ben Saxton of Calgary are scheduled to compete in Brasilia on the men’s side.

In women’s competition, Canada has four pairs for the opener: Annie Martin of Sherbrooke, Que., and Marie-Andrée Lessard of Ville LaSalle, Que.; Julie Rodrigue of Quebec City and Kara Zakrewski of Mississauga, Ont.,; Rebecca Moskowitz of Toronto and Eve Marie Dansereau-Laberge of Verdun, Que.,; and Kristina Valjas and Anastasia Danilova of Toronto.