October 21, 2003 - Canada has announced its 12-man squad for the 2003 Men's World Cup in Japan, which runs from November 16-30. The World Cup is the first official FIVB Olympic Qualifier, with the top three placing teams gaining berths to the 2004 Athens Olympics.
"Qualifying for this year's World Cup means a great deal to this program and team," head coach Stelio DeRocco told Volleyball Canada. "Being the first of three Olympic qualifying tournaments, the calibre of teams at the World Cup and the tournament format will no doubt require us to play at a very high and intense level.
"The group that we are taking will be competitive yet incomplete. We will no doubt miss Terry Martin (due to recent knee surgery) who will be replaced by Jason Haldane or Sebastien Ruette on the left side. Jason is a very versatile player and has played left or right side while in Italy and Puerto Rico. Sebastien has worked on the left at times showing an ability to also perform in this role. Brett Youngberg who has proven to be a valuable asset to this team, will also be brought back and added to the roster as one of three middles.
"I'm hoping that we can continue to play at the same level we attained at the NORCECA Continental Championship. The thought of the Olympics will be an incredible motivator to all," added DeRocco.
Canada has only taken part in the World Cup three times, including 1999 where it finished 8th, 1995 (10th) and 1977 (12th).
Setters: Scott Koskie (Winnipeg, MB), Doug Bruce (Edmonton, AB).
Middle Blockers: Murray Grapentine (Wetaskiwin, AB), Steve Brinkman (Bowmanville, ON) & Brett Youngberg (Surrey, BC)
Outside Hitters: Chris Wolfenden (Peterborough, ON), Ross Ballard (Squamish, BC), Fred Winters (North Vancouver, BC), Jason Haldane (Terrace, BC), Paul Duerden (London, ON), Sebastien Ruette (Nicolet, PQ)
Libero: Lucas Snider (Waterloo, ON)