representing the Continental Confederation
of NORCECA, which covers the region of
North and Central America, is making its
debut in this premier women's event. They
fill the gap left by the Dominican
Republic, who withdrew because of
conflicting commitments with the Pan Am
Games. The Dominican Republic is the host
of this multi-sport event in 2003.
is very excited about the opportunity to
participate in the 2003 World Grand Prix.
This is a tremendous opportunity for our
Women's National Team program and we thank
the FIVB for inviting Canada to
participate in this top world event,"
said Mr. David Carey President, Volleyball
Last year's 17th place finish at the World
Championship in Germany was a little
disappointing but taken in context, it's
an ideal launch pad for a shot at the 2004
Olympics. Ranked 23rd in the world, the
Canadians are trying to develop a team to
match the giddy heights of their 1996
predecessors, who made it to Atlanta. This
team is no doubt aware that inclusion in
the World Grand Prix represents a great
chance to prepare for Olympic
qualification for Athens.
Key veterans like Kelly, Rauh and Lemieux
would like nothing better to see the maple
leafs make it to Athens so while not
expecting to push any of the big guns in
this year's World Grand Prix, the
tournament will provide an excellent gauge
on their progress.