Canadian national sitting volleyball teams host community programs in Surrey and Richmond
March 17, 2015
Surrey, BC - The Canadian National Teams of one of the fastest growing Paralympic sports, sitting volleyball, will be giving BC residents a special opportunity to watch, learn, and play the sport this spring. Beginning March 27th, residents will have a chance to learn from and watch the best sitting volleyball athletes in Canada as the women’s and men’s National Sitting Volleyball Teams move their training camps from Alberta to British Columbia for two weeks.
Sitting volleyball is an adapted sport where the game of volleyball is played on a smaller court with a lower net and all players must sit on the floor. At the community level, players of all physical abilities can play together in this truly integrative sport. However, to compete internationally, athletes must have a permanent physical impairment.
The City of Surrey will host the women’s National Team at the Guildford Recreation Centre (15105 105 Avenue, Surrey), March 27-29. In addition to national team training sessions that are open for public viewing, on Saturday, March 28 individuals of all ages and physical abilities can try the sport or take in a coaching clinic.
“We are very pleased to host the Women’s National Sitting Volleyball Team at the Guildford Recreation Centre, ” says Councillor Bruce Hayne, Chair of the Parks, Recreation and Sport Tourism Committee. “Adapted sports provide individuals with disabilities opportunities for fitness and competition as well as enhancing their quality of life and overall well-being.”
On Easter weekend, April 3-5, the Richmond Olympic Oval (6111 River Road, Richmond) will host the men’s National Team. An exhibition match on Friday, April 3 with the UBC Thunderbirds will reunite National Team captain, Austin Hinchey, with his former T-bird teammates. Hinchey was UBC’s setter before he moved back to Alberta this school year.
A learn-to-play session specifically for people with physical impairments and limited mobility will be held at the Oval on Saturday, April 4. People of all skill levels are welcome – especially beginners. National team coaches will also be available for those interested in learning more about high performance.
Get on your seat and try one of the most exciting Paralympic sports. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.volleyballbc.org/sittingvolleyball.
These events are presented by Volleyball BC, in partnership with Volleyball Canada, the City of Surrey, and the Richmond Olympic Oval, with support from UBC Athletics.
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