Team Canada Women's Volleyball Centre - University of Manitoba, Winnipeg
Full Time Training Centre: September 2012-April 2013
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 would focuses on graduated CIS/CCAA athletes to prepare them for international level of training and eventually competition.
FTC is scheduled to begin again at the end of September, 2012. In addition to guidance from Head Coach Arnd Ludwig (Lupo) and Assistant Coach, Scott Koskie, they will be receiving services from the Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba, which include Sport Scientist Darryl Hurrie, Strength & Conditionning Coach Adam Toffan, Sport Psychologist Adrienne Leslie-Toogood and Nutritionist, Jorie Janzen.
In addition to "2 a days" (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 eight athletes in the FTC:
Position: Right side/left side
Previous club team: University of Manitoba
Tricia has represented Team Canada since 2010. Her first competition was in September, 2010 when Team Canada did a tour in Argentina & Peru. In 2011 she traveled to China with the B team to the FISU Games and then was asked to travel with the senior team to the 2011 Pan Am Games. She is currently working on her degree in Business.
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.
Amanda Bakker: Winnipeg, MB
Previous club team: University of New Brunswick
Amanda played her first year of university of the University of Winnipeg before joining up with the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds. Before she arrived at UNB, she helped Team Manitoba win a gold medal at the 2009 Canada Summer Games in PEI. While at UNB, she was awarded Player of the Game when the Varsity Reds became champions of their conference in 2011. She was also an Academic All-Canadian athlete in 2011 and in 2012.
Position: Left Side/Libero
Previous Club Team: Memorial University
Sasha joins FTC from St. Johns, Newfoundland. She played her five years of CIS volleyball at Memorial University. She excelled in the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) league, as she was the Rookie of the Year (05-06), named to the CIS Rookie All-Rookie Team in the same year, a 1st Team All-Star in 2007-2008 and 2010-2011 and a 2nd Team All-Star in 2008-2009. She also represented Newfoundland in the 2005 Summer Canada Games and was invited to the U21 Team Canada Junior National Team Selection Camp.
Previous Club Team: University of Winnipeg
Brittany’s first taste of Team Canada happened in 2010 when her club team was selected to represent Canada at the 2010 NORCECA Games in Tijuana, Mexico. Brittany was the starting setter at age 17 for the U21 Team Manitoba who captured Gold at the 2009 Canada Games in P.E.I. Brittany followed up a very successful club volleyball run of 5 straight national championship final appearances (capturing gold medals 3 of those 5 times). She played two university seasons at the University of Winnipeg where she started all 44 matches as a freshman and sophomore.
Previous Club Team: University of Winnipeg
Tesca first caught Team Canada's eye at the 2011 Open Try-Out Camp in Montreal. She originally tried out as an outside hitter, but switched to libero at that camp and never looked back. She was invited to the official Selection Camp that summer and made the roster for the FISU team (National B Team). In 2012, she once again made the National B team. She played her first four years of CIS volleyball (as an outside hitter) at Wilfrid Laurier University. She had to transfer universities, as the program at Wilfrid Laurier was discontinued after the 2010-2011 season. She played her fifth and final season at the University of Winnipeg as a libero. She finished her final season by being awarded the CIS Libero of the Year.
Position: Left Side
Previous Club Team:
Ashley joins the FTC with a lot of Team Canada experience. She started on the youth national team in 2004 followed by junior national team in 2006 before making the FISU team in 2007. She then played on the senior national team from 2008-2010. Ashley played her university volleyball with the University of Manitoba Bison. She received numerous CIS and Can West awards including: CIS Rookie of the Year (07-08), Academic All-Canadian (07-08 & 08-09), CIS First Team All-Star (07-08 & 09-10). Ashley plans on playing professional volleyball in Turkey for the 2013-2014 season.
Current Club Team: University of Calgary
Shauntelle joined the FTC in January, after completing her high school diploma early so that she could focus on volleyball. She will be attending the University of Calgary on a full-ride scholarship for the 2013-2014 season. She has had a very successful club and high school career, winning the U15 nationals (Dinos Volleyball Club) and playing in the provincial finals in U15, U16 and U17. She played on the U16 Western Canada Games team for Team Alberta when she was only 14 years old. Her high school team won the city championship when she was in grade 10, and just this past season while she was in grade 12. She hope to play on the Junior National Team this upcoming summer, and for the senior team for many years to come.
*Please note that Kyla Richey was in the FTC program until she received a professional contract in Germany starting in January, 2013.