Thunder Bay Welcomes National Women's Volleyball Team

 Thunder Bay Welcomes National Women’s Volleyball Team

Thunder Bay, Ontario and Lakehead University are excited to welcome the Canadian Women’s National Indoor Team on February 5th and 6th, 2011, for what is sure to be a jam-packed volleyball weekend in the region!

The National Team players and coaches will be participating in on court coach and player development clinics with local athletes and coaches that are being put on by the Ontario Volleyball Association (OVA), as well as participate in a scrimmage against Lakehead University on Sunday, February 6th. These events are taking part due to a funding that the OVA was awarded from the Ontario Trillium Foundation in 2008. The Trillium funding has allowed the OVA to purchase twelve sport courts and will assist the organization in enabling more communities across Ontario to host large-scale volleyball events by using the sport court.

“The funding has allowed Ontario Volleyball to deliver programming to a community that may not otherwise have the opportunity to host an elite or international caliber event,” said Ontario Volleyball Executive Director, Steve Carroll. “Because of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Volleyball was able to bring the Women’s National Team to Thunder Bay and make this weekend possible.”

The region is very excited about the opportunity to see some high calibre volleyball, with turnout for the weekend promising to be high. Dubbed ‘Thunder Volley Weekend,’ Lakehead University will also play a match against the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees women’s volleyball team, and will be hosting a large girl’s high school tournament on February 4th and 5th, 2011.

"This is an exciting time for Volleyball in North Western Ontario and for us at Lakehead University,” said Chris Green, Head Coach of the Lakehead Thunderwolves Women’s Volleyball Team. “Through the Ontario Volleyball Association, the Canadian National Women’s Team and funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, our region’s players, coaches and fans get to experience the absolute highest level of athletes in our sport.”

The National Team is hoping the weekend will not only have a positive effect on volleyball in the region, but also be motivating for the team itself.

“It is important that we expose ourselves to the whole country. It is a great motivation for young players when they see National Team athletes in person and even more when they have the chance to practice with them,” said Women’s National Team Head Coach, Arnd Ludwig. “We hope that more girls will play volleyball by doing these events. For us, it is motivating to go somewhere just to get out of the day- today routine and we thank Thunder Bay for helping us in doing this."

More information will be made available in the coming weeks, so be sure to stay tuned on this exciting initiative.

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Media Contact:
Steve Carroll
OVA Executive Director
Tel: 416.426.7318