Ottawa, Ontario, March 11, 2005 - After an amazing run that saw Guylaine Dumont and Annie Martin claim three consecutive Canadian Beach Volleyball titles, move up the ranks of the FIVB World Beach Volleyball Tour and place a Canadian best ever 5th at the Olympics in Athens, the pair announced today that they have dissolved their partnership and will be pursuing their beach future with different partners.
Dumont has seen the world of volleyball, everything from playing on Canadaís National team to professionally in Europe to the World Beach Volleyball Tour and Athens. At 37, she will remain in the sport, but has chosen to commit most of her time to her family.
"It is with mixed emotions that I write with nostalgia and a feeling of "devoir accompli, commented Dumont. Annie Martin and I have decided to end our brilliant partnership. I say partnership because our friendship will go on. The reason is simple: our athletic and personal objectives are not the same anymore, and we are at different stages in our lives.
It was a very emotional decision for me, as well as for Annie and Vincent (Larivee, our coach), because we have developed a very close and deep relationship over the last three years. Everything that we experienced before and during the Olympics will stay forever in our hearts. It was the best sporting experience of my life and I feel very lucky to have had the chance at age 36 to have realized my dream in such a fun way.
At 23, Martin is just opening her eyes to what seems to be a very bright future. She already has the skill of a veteran player, but with the opportunity for growth that will undoubtedly take her far in the sport.
Guylaine and I enjoyed a magical year in 2004, and because of this, the decision to not play together this summer was a very difficult one. Through our relationship I have retained so many beautiful moments. I have learned enormously thanks to Guylaine, who for me is an exceptional player, passionate about volleyball, a unique individual and so much more. I have gone through such incredible personal development that has not only made me a better athlete, but a better person. I can be very proud of what Guylaine and I have accomplished together over the past three years and although this journey will end, I will now look beyond to the Olympic Games in 2008 with my new partner.
Neither player will be hanging up the sunglasses and will both compete in the 2005 FIVB World Beach Volleyball Tour. Dumont will be teaming up in a few select events with Caroline Fiset a young aspiring beach player from Laval University, while Martin will be playing full-time with University of Sherbrooke teammate Marie-Christine Pruneau. Pruneau, a 21-year-old Windsor native, was the CIS Rookie of the Year and played a key role in the Vert et Orís claiming of the National Title.
Both athletes and their new counterparts will compete on the Beach Volleyball World Tour when the best in the world come back to Montreal from August 16-21, 2005. For more information and tickets visit www.mondialdevolleyball.com.