BURNABY (April 5, 2017) Volleyball BC has concluded its tryout process for the upcoming Canada Summer Games, a high level multi-sport event held every four years in our country. This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the Games and the event will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba from July 28th to August 13th. Historically, this high performance athletic showcase has been used as a stepping stone to other big international competitions like the Pan American and Olympic Games. In order to qualify for the Team BC indoor volleyball team the players must be 18 years of age and under as of December 31, 2017 (Year of Birth: 1999 or later).
Ashley Shannik is in charge of the women’s team and the head coach is expecting another strong showing at the Games for Team BC.
“This group would be considered to be very young for a competition like the Canada Games with the overwhelming majority of our athletes being 17u in an 18u competition. The 18u athletes who have earned their spot on the team are already very accomplished and experienced. We will look to them to provide a lot of leadership throughout the duration of training and competition,” Shannik stated. “We will be strong defensively and aggressive offensively when we are out of system. As we progress throughout training and come together as a team I would expect this year’s Team BC to be fast paced, full of energy, extremely competitive and lastly tenacious, with a never quit attitude.”
2017 CANADA SUMMER GAMES – WOMEN
DANIKA COWIE, Surrey
SYDNEY GRILLS, Vancouver
CARA KOVACS, Vancouver
BRYNN PASIN, Delta
SAVANNAH PURDY, Victoria
KIERA VAN RYK, Surrey
SADIE TAYLOR-PARKS, Kelowna
TIFFANY WESTERBERG, Vancouver
SEDONA ARABSKY, Surrey
KALYN HARTMANN, Langley
KAYLA OXLAND, Vancouver
AVERY GAMMEL, Kelowna
SARAH MCKILLICAN, Comox
ERIN MUTCH, Victoria
KATARINA PANTOVIC, Vancouver
On the men’s side, Brad Hudson is the head coach and he looks forward to the challenge of getting his group ready for some stiff competition.
“It is a privilege to coach this team. The opportunity to play for something more than ourselves cannot be undervalued. The responsibility of representing our families, our friends, our teammates, and our communities is one that I don’t take lightly and I look forward to the challenge,” Hudson said. “This group possesses tremendous character. There is an underlying selflessness that will allow us to play a balanced brand offensively and systematic defensively. I expect this group will compete exceptionally hard in training and in competition. Whatever level of success we achieve I am quite certain it will be well earned.”
2017 CANADA SUMMER GAMES – MEN
MICHAEL DOWHANIUK, Surrey
COLTYN LIU, Vancouver
REID MARRIOTT, Langley
EVAN VELDMAN, Terrace
MAX HARONGA, Vancouver
BRODIE HOFER, Langley
SHAWN ZHAO, Richmond
CODY BOULDING, Prince George
TEO ARDANAZ, Delta
RYAN HAMPE, Prince George
MORGAN NICHOLS, Oyama
DANIEL EVERTON, Penticton
BOBBY BLASKOVITZ, Kelowna
LANDON CURRIE, Coldstream
JOHN COLOBONG, Burnaby
About volleyball at the Canada Games
The sport of Volleyball was included the first ever Canada Games in 1967, and was originally featured in the Winter Games. In 1985, volleyball was played in the Summer Games in Saint John, NB. It has switched between Games since then, but is currently back in the Summer Games.
: At the 2017 Summer Games each province or territory can field one male team and one female team. Teams are comprised of 12 athletes, two coaches, and a manager.
Must be 18 years of age and under as of December 31, 2017
Year of Birth: 1999 or later
: Preliminary Competitions: Round Robin, Two Pools Rules of play are those of the Volleyball Canada. Seeding is based on the results of the indoor volleyball results at the 2013 Canada Summer Games. The two pools which will be established and will be seeded based on the serpentine system as follows:
Pool A : 1; 4; 5; 8; 9; 12
Pool B : 2; 3; 6; 7; 10; 11
Each team will play one match against all the other teams in its pool. The win goes to the team which has won three (3) sets out of five (5). A maximum of 3 teams from each pool will advance to the championship round. Those teams who do not advance into the Championship Round will play in the Consolation round.
Team BC Results at the last Canada Games 2013
: In Sherbrooke, Quebec Team both teams reached the podium. The women finished second with a silver medal after losing to Alberta in the final, while the men ended up third behind Alberta and Quebec.
About the 2017 Canada Summer Games
Winnipeg, Manitoba will host the Canada Summer Games July 28 – August 13, 2017. Featuring 16 sports, over 250 events and a major cultural festival, the 2017 Canada Games will welcome over 4,000 athletes and coaches and more than 20,000 visitors. Celebrating the Games’ 50th anniversary and Canada’s 150th birthday, the Canada Games are this country’s largest multisport event for young athletes. They will leave a lasting legacy of new and enhanced sport facilities, volunteer and leadership development that will benefit athletes and the broader community for years to come. This event has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada, Province of Manitoba and City of Winnipeg.
For more information, or to arrange interviews with Team BC athletes/coaches/Volleyball BC staff, please contact:
Director, Marketing and Communications
604-291-2007 ext. 226