International Volleyball comes to Langley for the first time
LANGLEY, Canada, September 25, 2012 — When Canada’s Trinity
Western University head coach Ben Josephson, was notified that
his team would represent the country in the Men’s U-23 Pan
American Cup, he felt a double commitment.
“A high number of athletes have also represented Canada at
national team level, half of our team has had international
experience before, but getting to play in your gym in front of
your own friends and family is a new experience here,” said
Josephson, who has coached the Trinity Western University Men’s
volleyball team since 2007.
This time, the Pan American Cup will be so special. For the U-23
category Volleyball Canada looked into college talent, with some
proved experience at the FIVB level.
“Last fall we played in the World Club Championship in Qatar,
and faced great teams like Kazan and Jastrzebski Wegiel from
Poland,” Josephson added. “So some of the world’s best players
and most of our athletes have been part of an experience like
But he Pan Am Cup in the British Columbia region will have a
special taste for hundreds of volunteers who attended to the
practical clinic that took place at the Langley Events Centre,
in preparation of the tournament.
The township of Langley is located approximately 37 kilometers
south east of Vancouver, one of the biggest cities of Canada,
and also 32 kilometers far from the USA-Canada border.
For the people of the community it is a big opportunity to reach
and get involved reach in a high level competition organization,
which emerged after the building of the Langley Events Centre,
This facility is the home of the Trinity Western University
volleyball and basketball teams, for example, as well as the
home of other sports organization in disciplines like lacrosse
and ice hockey, both very popular in Canada.
“British Columbia has not hosted an International volleyball
tournament at this level ever, so this is a big chance to see
the best volleyball,” remarked the volleyball coach.
During the practical clinics, children, teenagers, youngsters
and also senior citizens tried to contribute to do their best as
volunteers in areas such as Volleyball Information System (VIS),
transportation and also as moppers, ball retrievers, attachés or
“Hopefully and should be something very fantastic for the people
here and all the countries that have come to compete,” concluded