Mahon Retires After 10 Years with Canada Team
WINNIPEG, Canada, October 5, 2012 - Tammy Mahon's volleyball
career comes to an end after playing in over two quadrennials
for Team Canada. Tammy first wore a Team Canada jersey back in
1999 when she competed in the FIVB Junior Women's World
Championship, held in Edmonton and Saskatoon.
Her first season on the senior women's national team was in
2002, and she made the team every season since that year until
she retired in April of this year after the 2012 Olympic
Qualification Tournament. She finished her career with a very
notable 173 international matches under her belt.
Throughout Tammy's career, she played eight seasons of
professional volleyball. Her first season was in Sweden,
followed by: the Netherlands (2004-2007), Romania (2007-2009),
Azerbaijan (2009-2010), Greece (2010-2011) and finally in
Germany for her final professional season in 2012. One of her
most memorable volleyball moments was winning the Greek
Championship in 2011 with her team, Panathinaikos.
In 2008, she was given the responsibility and honour of wearing
the captain bar. She held that responsibility for the entire
quad, and was an amazing leader for all four squads that she
led. Her teammates recognized her as being hard working, very
dedicated to the program and sport, and being an inspiring
leader who believed that the team could achieve their goals. She
did so much work for the team off of the court as well, and her
hard work never went unnoticed by her teammates, coaches and
other Volleyball Canada staff.
"Tammy Mahon is the most selfless player I have ever played
with, it was a privilege to step on the court with her and she
brought the same intensity every day and demanded the same from
us, it was truly inspiring and made me a better player. She took
on duties past what a captain should and did not complain, her
dedication and love for the sport is what made me come to
practice every day. I am honored to be able to call her one of
my best friends and am excited for her as she embarks on her
next chapter of life," explains former teammate, Julie Young.
Tammy is currently enjoying her retirement in rural Manitoba,
near her hometown of Holland, Manitoba. She will continue to be
an inspiration for years to come within the volleyball
Here is what she has to say about her experiences playing on
Team Canada: "Being a small town girl with big dreams, I was
always thankful for the opportunity to be a part of something as
special as Team Canada. As the years went on I fell more in love
with my sport, my country, and what we were doing as a team to
achieve our dreams together. The decision to retire was not
easy. I miss being in the gym every day. I loved practices the
most, competing with our countries best athletes and some of my
closest friends every day towards a collective dream. That is
not something you can find in every career, and not a day went
by that I didn’t count myself blessed to be a part of it.
Representing Canada at the international volleyball level will
forever be one of the greatest and most enriching experiences of
my life and I thank everyone who was a part of my journey."