Team Canada Athlete of the Month - Josh Howatson
Date of birth: October 7, 1984
Height: 1m 98
Hometown: Victoria, B.C.
Pro team: Paris Volley
Spike touch: 3m45
Setter Josh Howatson is in his third season with the Canadian national team. He initially joined the national team program in 2002 then returned in 2010 helping Canada to a berth at the world championships.
Howatson started playing volleyball at age nine through the Victoria club programs and by age 14 he had decided to put all his sporting focus into volleyball. That was a great decision as he went on to a spectacular university career at Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C. He credits a desire to improve at least one aspect of his play everyday as a key to his success. That willingness to get better is the best advice he can give youngsters who aspire to play the sport at the highest level.
In 2007 he was named the CIS male athlete of the year and the player of the year in men’s volleyball as TWU placed third at the national championships. He graduated in Christianity and culture at TWU and hopes to pursue a career in an international related field following his volleyball career.
In the winter season, he currently plays professionally for Paris Volley. Howatson has played for four different teams in his pro career and a highlight was in 2010 when he earned Most Valuable Player honours as he led his team to winning the King’s Cup (Copa del Rey) Spanish League title.
For now he wants to continue his professional career overseas and help Canada progress on the international scene not only this season but at least until the 2016 Olympic year. Howatson says the highlight of his career was representing Canada at the 2010 worlds which included and upset victory over world number-five Serbia.
Howatson’s younger brother Marc is also a national team prospect.