Bonita Joe

While the Camosun Chargers women’s basketball team is busy kicking off its 6th Annual Christmas Classic Tournament today at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence, Camosun’s women’s volleyball team is preparing for the arrival of a delegation of special guests from Victoria’s sister city and Camosun’s sister college, Morioka University in Japan.

Hailing from Iwate Prefecture in Japan, the squad from Morioka is scheduled to arrive in Victoria on December 31 to train with the Chargers throughout the first week of January, following a brief stay in Vancouver.

“Hosting Morioka and training with their athletes is an incredible way to start off the second semester with our young program,” commented Chargers Women’s Volleyball Head Coach Chris Dahl. “Japan is one of the top volleyball nations in the world and we are looking forward to seeing first hand, through competition and training, a style of play that I anticipate will challenge our athletes to great lengths. This is a part of the process for our athletes as they continue to develop their game. At the half-way mark in our season, we are not yet where we need to be, but we are definitely heading in the right direction.”

Not only will the student-athletes train and compete together, but more importantly, individuals from both delegations will have the opportunity to build upon the growing relationship that exists between the two cities and institutions. While the designation of “sister cities” between Victoria and Morioka was officially established in 1985, Camosun’s men’s and women’s volleyball programs have been involved in exchanges with Morioka University since 2002.

“We feel fortunate that Morioka University and the City of Morioka have a strong history with both Camosun College and the City of Victoria and look forward to the opportunity of hosting our guests,” said Coach Dahl. “We are grateful for the work that our Athletics department and Camosun’s International Education department has done to enrich the post-secondary experience of our students.”

Spectators can catch the action as the Chargers and Morioka compete in an exhibition match on Monday, January 2, 2012 at 5pm at PISE.