When you think of June training camps, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the Eskimos and the start of the CFL Season, but they aren’t the only ones gearing up for this season. Come on down to the Saville Community Sports Centre this weekend where you’ll see one of the most fast paced and exciting variations of a traditional sport. What began Thursday and wraps up Sunday, is the Canadian Women’s National Sitting Volleyball training camp. “Our women’s national team will be holding their June training camp at Saville this weekend. This is the same team that went to the Paralympics back in September,” explains Ian Halliday, Director of High Performance for Sitting Volleyball. The Saville Community Sports Centre is the home of Canada’s National Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team and this weekend will be an amazing opportunity to get an intimate look at the sport and some of its best athletes!
We all know the sport of Volleyball but the sitting variation puts a unique and much faster twist on the sport. “In sitting volleyball, the athletes must remain seated directly on the ground (no wheelchairs, sleds or carts) and compete on a smaller court and a lower net. Athletes are allowed to block the serve in sitting volleyball and their buttocks must remain in contact with the ground whenever they play the ball. Other than that, the game is very similar to traditional volleyball in its tactics and strategies but is a much faster version of the game because of the lower net and smaller court,” says Ian.
The team’s next major competition will see them defending home soil at the 2017 Pan Am Championship in Montreal this October. “This is a World Championship qualification tournament for us and we hope to finish in the top 2 and earn a spot in the 2018 World Championships in the Netherlands,” says Ian.
Training camp is open to the public with upcoming sessions as follows:
Friday, June 16
10:00 – 12:00 Session #3 Saville – Court 7A
16:00 – 18:00 Session #4 Saville – Court 7A
Saturday, June 17
10:00 – 12:00 Session #5 Saville – Court 7A
16:00 – 18:00 Session #6 Saville – Court 7A
Sunday, June 18
10:00 – 12:00 Session #7 Saville – Court 7A
Interested in trying the sport or learning more about it? Give Ian a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org. “We are always looking to find ways to grow the game and get more people playing!” Says Ian.