Volleyball Canada’s beach athletes recognized with annual award
ONTARIO, Canada, February 27, 2023.- Beach volleyball athletes Sophie
Bukovec and Sam Schachter have been awarded Volleyball Canada’s annual
Tom Ng award.
The athletes were chosen based on their performances in 2022. Toronto’s
Bukovec had a stand-out year in 2022, winning silver at the World
Championships with then partner Brandie Wilkerson. Team veteran Sam
Schachter of Richmond Hill, Ontario, along with partner Dan Dearing,
took silver at the Commonwealth Games and gold at the NORCECA tour
The Tom Ng Beach Volleyball Athlete Assistance Fund was created in 2013
in partnership with Volleyball Canada and the Canadian Olympic
Foundation. Annually, the Fund awards a high-performance beach
volleyball athlete(s) an amount to offset training and competition
expenses. This is the first time the Tom Ng award has gone to a male and
female athlete at the same time.
"Both Sophie and Sam have been great representatives of Team Canada both
on and off the court," said Volleyball Canada’s Beach High Performance
Director Ed Drakich. "We are pleased that the Tom Ng fund can assist
them on the road to Paris 2024 as they work toward Olympic
Bukovec now plays with Sarah Pavan, while Schachter continues to be
partnered with Dearing.