Spruce Grove and Surrey to host Canadian sitting world volleyball team world championship camps

CALGARY – The Canadian men’s and women’s teams which will compete at the sitting world volleyball championships for athletes with a disability set for July 11-18 in Oklahoma City will hold preparation camps this month in Spruce Grove, Alta., and Surrey, B.C.

The first camp is this Friday to Sunday (June 11-13) at the Transalta Tri Leisure Centre (221 Campsite Road. Spruce Grove, AB T7X 4J5780-960-5080. Training times on June 12 are from 9-11 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. and on Sunday June 13 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

A second camp takes place June 25-27 in Surrey at the Guildford Recreation Centre, (located at 15105 105 Ave). Training times on June 25 are 6 – 8 p.m., June 26, 9-11 a.m. and 3-5 p.m., and June 27, 8-10 a.m.

The world championships are expected to attract more than 600 players from 20 countries. 

The Canadian women’s team is comprised of Chantal Beauchesne of St-Isidore, Ont., Allison Lang of Edmonton and Leaha Hickman of Lashburn, Alta. The other team members are Jolan Brunner of Vermilion, Alta., Danielle Ellis and Jordan Funnel, both of White Rock, B.C., Karen McCoy of Lincoln, N.B., Amber Skyrpan of Wandering River, Alta., and Tanja Hodzic of Vancouver and Krista McDonald.

The men’s team members are Chad Drummond, Austin Hinchey and Doug Learoyd, all of Edmonton, Jose Rebelo of St-Hubert, Que., Kevin Strybosch of London, Ont., Eric Dechaine of St. Lina, Alta., Wilfredo Morewilson of Toronto, Mikael Bartholdy of Calgary and Greg Stewart of Kamloops, B.C.

The world championships are also a qualifying tournament for the 2012 Paralympic Games in LondonCanada will have another opportunity to qualify for the Games next year. Sitting volleyball became a Paralympic sport in 2004.

What is sitting volleyball? See video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zsPMJDsZrI

2010 World Championship website: www.2010worlds.com

For more information

Kerry MacDonald

Coordinator, Disabled Programs

Volleyball Canada