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Youth Olympic Games: Canada announces beach team

Volleyball Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Olympic Committee, is pleased to announce that a women’s beach volleyball team has been selected to represent Canada at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Argentina, October 6-18.
 
Erika Vermette (St. Vital, MB), 17, and Dana Roskic (Toronto, ON), 18, who represented Canada at the 2018 FIVB U19 Beach Volleyball Championship placing fifth overall, will be among the 32 teams competing at the the Parque Tres de Febrero in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
 
“Erika and Dana have proven they can compete at the highest level in their age category, and we’re looking forward to seeing them play in Argentina next month,” said Volleyball Canada assistant coach and Youth Olympic Games Team Leader for beach volleyball, Adriana Bento.
 
Preliminary matches are scheduled for October 7 to 12 with the round of 24 beginning Saturday, Oct. 13. The women's beach volleyball portion of the games wraps up on Monday, Oct. 17 with the women's final and victory ceremony. 
 
 
Athlete quotes:
 
“I am honoured to represent Canada and to see all my training and efforts come together to compete in the Youth Olympic Games. This will be an amazing opportunity as I aspire to be an Olympian! I am super excited to be going with all the other athletes from Canada, and looking forward to meeting all the other athletes from other countries. I am sure this will be a life changing experience. It will be inspiring. I am thankful to my partner, coaches, associations and all those who have supported me!”
Erika Vermette
 
“My partner and I have had the privilege to represent Canada internationally before. Undoubtedly, this was one of the most unique experiences, filling me with feelings of pride and responsibility. Once I got a taste of it, I wanted to work even harder to present myself with an opportunity to do it again. The phone call announcing that I will be representing Canada at the Games left me absolutely speechless. Representing my country at the biggest event in sports history is overwhelming and shocking all at once. I’m particularly excited to get to experience the atmosphere of the Games, the tough competition and the competitors from all over the world! I am grateful for being given this tremendous honour as this truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The experience will forever be etched in my memory and it will continue to drive my pursuit of excellence.”
Dana Roskic
 
About the Games:
Buenos Aires, the capital and most populous city in Argentina, will host the third Summer Youth Olympic Games this year. Nearly 4000 young athletes aged 15-18 will represent 206 countries. For the first time ever in Olympic competition, there will be the same number of male and female athletes. The Opening Ceremony will take place on October 6, followed by 12 days of competition before the Closing Ceremony on October 18.

The Canadian Olympic Committee will announce the full Canadian team on Sept. 25.


Volleyball Canada
Jackie Skender
Director, Communications
613.794.7676
jskender@volleyball.ca

Photo: FIVB