Canadian Beach Pair Fourth at U17 World Championships

Parvir Jhajj of Mississauga, Ont., and  Sharone Vernon-Evans of Scarborough, Ont. finished fourth at the FIVB World Under-17 Beach Volleyball Championships this past weekend in Acapulco, Mexico.

The duo was unbeaten until the semis, and then they faced Marc Darrieux and Timothee Platre of France in the bronze-medal match yesterday losing 2-0 (26-24, 21-19) in 42 minutes.

Starting with a men’s field of 25 teams representing each of the five FIVB Confederations, four were still standing to play in Sunday’s semi-finals, bronze medal and gold medal matches. Three countries in the final four were from the European Confederation (CEV) (France, Spain, Switzerland), and Canada belongs to the North and Central America Confederation (NORCECA).

“It’s great to see our young athletes playing at an international level and reaching medal finals,” said Volleyball Canada’s beach head coach Steve Anderson. “It is a big deal to represent your country and we are proud of all of our young Canadians.”

Also representing Canada, Jordan Pereira (St. Catharines, ON) and Taryq Sani (Markham, ON) finished in ninth position, falling to Cardenas-Stephens of Mexico in the second round of finals 2-0.
The Canadian women’s entry of Natalie Livingston (Kelowna, BC) and Quinci Birker (Kelowna, BC) ended the tournament in 17th.

Full results and photos at