Player of the Week: Gord Perrin
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, October 5, 2020 – Canada's recent rise on
the international volleyball scene, which culminated in the team
returning to the Olympics after 24 years at the Rio 2016 Games,
unsurprisingly matches the consolidation of John Gordon "Gord"
Perrin as one of the top players of his generation.
The 31-year-old outside hitter, who was named team captain
following the historical tournament in Brazil, has stepped up to
his leadership role with Team Canada masterfully, providing an
outstanding contribution to the programme both on and off the
The 2.01m-tall Perrin first wore the Canadian jersey back in
2009, when he was still a student-athlete at Thompson Rivers
University. In over ten years with the team, he has been part of
many of its most memorable achievements.
The highlight for Perrin and Canada in the last decade was
certainly their fifth-place finish at the Rio Olympics, where
they upset eventual silver and bronze medallists Italy and USA
in the pool stage. Perrin was Canada’s third best scorer in that
campaign with 56 points.
The following year, already taking on the role of team captain,
he led his Canadian teammates to their first ever FIVB World
League medal, a bronze in Curitiba, Brazil, after a 3-1 victory
over continental rivals the United States in a match in which
Perrin scored 13 points.
“I’m very grateful for everybody that helped the team along the
way, as there have been a lot of players that sacrificed a lot
for this team,” Perrin said at the time. “Hopefully this will
help them achieve a lot in the future. Every year we achieve
something new - we were in Rio for the last Olympic Games, we
were 5th at the World League four years ago. I’m excited to see
how far we can go.”
The next two years weren’t as eventful for the Canadians, but
Perrin has certainly accomplished a lot with the team in 11
years, including three consecutive appearances at the FIVB
Volleyball Men's World Championships, a bronze medal at the 2015
Pan-American Games and a victory at the NORCECA Championship
that same year.
Perrin’s club career in six different countries has also been
successful. The outside hitter's first stop outside of Canada
was in Turkey, where he spent four seasons with Arkas Spor and
won two editions of the country’s league while also making a
semifinal appearance in the CEV Champions League.
In 2015, Perrin moved to Italian side Piacenza. And 12 months
later he was already in Poland, where he finished fourth in the
Plusliga with Asecco Resovia. In his only season in China with
Beijing BAIC Motors, the Canadian helped the team finish second
in the country’s league.
Perrin spent the 2018-2019 season in Russia with Belogorie
Belgorod and helped the team win the Challenger Cup. Perrin then
crossed the Atlantic Ocean and had a short but prolific one-year
stint with Sada Cruzeiro Volei, winning the South American Club
Championship, the Brazilian Cup and the Mineiro Championship and
taking silver at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World
Last May, the Canadian headed back to Russia to play for Ural
“I’m excited to be joining Ural,” Perrin said when the transfer
was announced. “After spending one season in Russia I feel
comfortable returning to compete in the league. It’s a top
league and it will be an exciting and challenging season. The
team sounds ambitious to achieve new goals and I look forward to
being a part of that.”