Canadian Page announces her retirement after an Impressive
WINNIPEG, Canada, November 4, 2016 - After joining the women’s
national team in 2009, attending two world championships, seven
Pan Am Cups and playing in over 100 international games, Brittney
Page has announced her retirement from an incredible
career in women’s volleyball.
Page, who has captained Canada’s Women’s National Team since
2012, is now looking forward to starting a new chapter in her
“I’m in an interesting place in my life right now as I ease of
out being a professional athlete,” said Page. “It's exciting
doing seemingly normal stuff now!”
Page grew up in Vernon, B.C. where she started playing
volleyball at age 14 because she wanted to be like her older
Page played for Vernon and Kelowna Volleyball Clubs at the local
level, and got her first taste of international competition when
she played for the national youth and junior teams where she
developed her Olympic dream.
"My club coaches really helped to shape me as a player at an
impressionable age," said Page as she reflected on the past. “I
was fortunate to grow up in the Okanagan where I had
very talented coaches all throughout club, including Steve
Manuel and Chris Densmore, who are still working with volleyball
at an elite level.”
"I adored my grade seven club coach Lyn McPherson," Page
continued. "She opened my eyes as to how empowering it was to be
a young female on a sports team, which is often not always
recognized as a reason to be a part of sport but in retrospect
kind of shaped who I am today."
Page went on to play collegiate volleyball for the Eastern
Washington Eagles before embarking on an impressive career that
took her around the world.
Page competed professionally for teams in China, Italy, Austria,
Spain, Finland, Belgium, and Germany and is now looking forward
to staying close to home.
“I’ve recently moved back to Kelowna to be closer to my family,”
said Page. “It’s a huge change and difference in my life to have
that support so close.”
On the international stage, Page has attained numerous
achievements including a 17th place finish at the 2014 FIVB
World Championships, two Pan Am Games appearances (2011 and
2015), and three NORCECA appearances including a fourth place
finish in 2013. (The women's team did not qualify for the 2016
Olympics after a fourth place finish at the NORCECA
Qualification tournament early this year).
“I’m trying to keep my options open and doing a lot of new
things,” said Page as she looks to an unknown future. “I know
volleyball and sport in general will always be a part of my life
in some way, I don’t necessarily want to coach but I always stay
involved on a local level and with the national team.”