The Future Looks Bright for Beach Volleyball in Canada
TORONTO, Canada, January 29, 2013 - The best technical leaders
in beach volleyball gathered recently in Toronto to take part in
Volleyball Canada’s first ever ‘Volleyball in Canada Beach
Summit.’ A total of 40 participants took part in the two days of
sessions, including Technical Directors and Executive Directors
from each province and territory as well as athletes, referees,
club representatives, school sport representatives and coaches.
The objectives of the summit were to discuss best practices from
a local, provincial and national level as well as identify the
top priorities to develop beach volleyball in Canada. Some of
the topics that were tackled through the sessions included:
addressing the gaps, national team systems and future direction,
provincial and club best practices, facility development,
provincial team strategies, Canadian system development, a
complete competition review and revised LTAD.
Volleyball Canada’s recently hired Beach National Team Head
Coach, Steve Anderson staged a popular session which focused on
his extensive experience and best practices in building beach
volleyball high performance programs. As a four time Olympic
coach, and an Olympic Bronze and Gold medal coach (1996 and
2000), Steve has worked with athletes, coaches and National
Sport Organizations around the world, including: USA, Australia,
Indonesia, Great Britain, Japan, Costa Rica, Switzerland, New
Zealand, Vanuatu, Denmark, Angola, Aland, France and Canada.
The Summit also featured special guest Ali Wood Lamberson,
Director of International and High Performance Beach Programs
for USA Volleyball who spoke on “Building a strong system” which
described some of the key building blocks and initiatives USA
Volleyball developed to become a powerhouse in beach volleyball
in the world.
The summit concluded with discussions on how to move forward on
key development issues, including identifying the key building
blocks and potential action plans needed to achieve success.
“After taking part in this Summit, it is clear that the future
is bright for beach volleyball,” stated VC President Hugh Wong.
“With the experienced leadership that we have in place,
collaboration among key partners and now the building blocks
that were established through this Summit, we expect beach
volleyball in Canada to rise again on the world stage.”