Team Canada Women's Volleyball Centre - University of Manitoba, Winnipeg
Full Time Training Centre: October 2013-April 2014
The purpose of FTC is to enhance the long-term objective of identifying, selecting and developing a group of athletes with ability or potential for qualifying for the 2014 FIVB Championship, the 2016 Olympics, the 2020 Olympics as well as performing well in the 2013-2016 quadrennial. The goal for FTC is to have a minimum of 8-10 identified athletes participating in FTC while it is in place. The full-time training centre focuses on graduated CIS/CCAA athletes to prepare them for international level of training and eventually competition.
In addition to guidance from Head Coach Arnd Ludwig (Lupo) and Assistant Coach, Scott Koskie, athletes receive services from the Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba, which include Sport Scientist Daryl Hurrie, Strength & Conditionning Coach Adam Toffan, Sport Psychologist Adrienne Leslie-Toogood and Nutritionist, Jorie Janzen.
In addition to volleyball sessions, conditioning and weight training, the athletes will be venturing out into the community helping out with various events. These events include reading to elementry schools, running clinics for local volleyball clubs, helping out with local fundraisers, and more to come!
There are currently five athletes in the FTC:
Brittney Page: Vernon, BC
Position: Right side
Previous club team: Barbar D'X-Elles (Belgium)
Brittney was selected to Team Canada in 2009 and has been a member ever since. She has played in 98 international matches and is now the Team Captain. She has played professional volleyball in Spain, Austria, Finland and Belgium. She played her university career in the NCAA at Eastern Washington University. She hopes to get another professional contract while training in the FTC.
Jennifer Lundquist: Surrey, BC
Previous club team: Montana State University
2013 marked Jenn's first selection to Team Canada. She was selected and became the number one setter in the same summer. In each four seasons of her NCAA career, she received a Big Sky All-Conference Academic award.
Kaiva Mateus: Montreal, QC
Position: Middle Blocker
Previous club team: McGill University
Kaiva graduated in 2012 from McGill University. In her final year, the McGill Martlets earned a bronze medal in the CIS Championship. Individually in 2012, Kaiva was a conference All-Star, named to the First All-Canadian Team, was the McGill University MVP, was nominated for the Female Athlete of the Year for all McGill sports and a nominee for the Thérese Quigley Citizenship Award. Kaiva was in the FTC last year, and hopes to obtain a professional contract in Europe.
Alison Loeppky: Winnipeg, MB
Previous Club Team: Jacksonville University
Alison spent four years in the NCAA at Jacksonville University. She played three of those years on the indoor team and her last year on the beach team. She was placed on the all-freshmen team and earned academic accolades. She played on the Manitoba provincial team for four years, which included earning a gold medal on the Canada Summer Games team in 2009. Her goal is to play professionally.
Please note, Marie-Pier Murray Methot was in FTC, but she obtained a contract in Germany with the club team SC Potsdam.