Women's Olympic Volleyball Qualifier Confirmed for April 29 to May 5 in Tijuana, Mexico

WINNIPEG (January 13, 2012) - Volleyball Canada has recently received confirmation of the dates for the NORCECA (North and Central America and Carribean)  Women's Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament.

The competition was initially scheduled for this week, but was postponed due to financial difficulties of the host.   The event will remain in Tijuana, Mexico, and is now scheduled for April 29 - May 5, 2012.

The event will feature the highest ranked teams in the NORCECA Zone. This includes Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Mexico and two others. The winner will qualify for the London Olympics. The USA, who qualified for the Olympics by finishing second at the World Cup in Japan in November, will not compete in Tijuana.

After receiving notification of the event postponement, several Canadian athletes that had planned on staying in Winnipeg and training through to the initial qualifier dates in January, immediately began looking for contract opportunities overseas. Others planned to remain in Winnipeg throughout the winter to continue training and preparing for this ultimate goal of Olympic qualification.

Below is an update on the whereabouts of athletes that could be among the roster of twelve that will compete in the qualifier in April:

Sarah Pavan (Kitchener, ON) - Villa Cortese (Italy)
Marisa Field (Kelowna, BC) - Envacom Volleys Sinsheim (Germany)
Nadine Alphonse (Montréal, QC) - FKB Volley Duedingen (Switzerland)
Marie-Pier Murray-Methot (Québec City, QC) - Val-de-Travers (Switzerland)
Tammy Mahon (Holland, MB) - Envacom Volleys Sinsheim (Germany)
Liz Cordonier (Vancouver, BC) - LP Viesti (Finland)
Colette Meek (Sherwood Park, AB) - Svedala VBK (Sweden)
Lucy Charuk (Tsawwassen, BC) - Zok Split 1700 (Croatia)
Kyla Richey (Roberts Creek, BC) - University of British Columbia
Julie Young (Red Deer, AB) - pending contract in Pieksamaki (Finland)
Brittney Page (Vernon, BC) - pending contract in Sweden
Tasha Holness (Calgary, AB) - pending contract in Indonesia

Those remaining in Winnipeg to train from January through to the qualifier in April are:

Claire Hanna (Calgary, AB)
Tiffany Dodds (Lucky Lake, SK)
Jennifer Hinze (Vancouver, BC)
Tonya Mokelki (Weyburn, SK)

Carla Bradstock (Richmond, BC) will return to Winnipeg in early March to train through to the qualifier in April

For more information:
John Blacher
Director of Operations
Team Canada women’s volleyball centre
Tel:(204) 474-7210
E-mail: jblacher@volleyball.ca