PRESS RELEASE 29.03.2005


Canadian Youth Beach Identification and Selection Camp an Overwhelming Success.

Ottawa, Ontario, March 29, 2005 - Something sweet was handed out this Easter weekend as Volleyball Canada hosted the first ever youth identification and selection camp at the Beach Blast indoor Volleyball Complex in Toronto.

Four deserving Beach Volleyball pairs didn’t receive any chocolate, but the they did get something even sweater and it was the opportunity to represent Canada at the 2005 Under 19 (born 1987 or later) and Under 21(born 1985 or later) FIVB World Beach Volleyball Championships.

After 2 days of very intense training and competition that included 32 athletes and 17 coaches from across the country, the ultimate decision was handed down by the Volleyball Canada Beach Development Committee on who was to represent Canada at the upcoming U19-U21 FIVB World Beach Championships.

After some incredibly close competition and evaluation the final decision has Charlotte Vallières-Villeneuve (Québec City, Qc) & Valérie Thibodeau (Québec City, Qc) and Ben Saxton (Calgary, Ab) & Will Pasieka (Calgary, Ab) representing Canada at the 2005 Under 19 FIVB World Beach Volleyball Championships (location Tbd), while Jamie Broder (Victoria, Bc) & Kristina Long (Victoria,Bc) and Paul Podstawka (Ancaster, On) and Kevin Lewis (St. Catharines, On) will represent Canada at the 2005 Under 21 FIVB World Beach Volleyball Championships (location Tbd).

The camp was an absolute success, stated Ed Drakich, Volleyball Canada’s Technical Director. Not only were we able to identify the athletes that will represent Canada at the World Beach Championships, but we were able to offer a structured training and development camp for 32 very promising young athletes.