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 2002 Info

Canada, 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.

"Canada 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 Canada.

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.