Louis Daignault (ISN)
May 8, 2013, Quebec City, (ISN) – Volleyball Canada and Host Club Laval Rouge et Or staged a joint press conference today to officially kick-off the first Canadian event of the FIVB Volleyball World League 2013.
The FIVB World League is an annual men’s national team volleyball tournament that reaches all corners of the planet, offering millions in prize money, professional organization and worldwide TV coverage. The first weekend of competition will be May 31-June 1, 2013 at the Colisée Pepsi in Québec City, where Canada, ranked 18th in the world, will take on the Netherlands. It will be Quebec City’s first time hosting a World League match.
Retired National Team player and Quebec City native Gino Brousseau has been selected as the Honourary President of the Quebec City matches. Brousseau was a standout for the Laval Volleyball Rouge et Or from 1986 to 1990 and was a member of Team Canada from 1986 to 2000, including several stints as a player in World League Volleyball. He represented Canada at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and played 13 years as a professional volleyball player in Italy, Japan and France where he helped his teams win numerous titles. Brousseau has recently been selected for induction into Volleyball Canada’s Hall of Fame, The official ceremony will take place June 14, 2013 in Mississauga.
As part of his speech at the press conference, Brousseau, who wants to see the popularity of the sport grow, made a friendly challenge to Quebec City fans to “fill the stands and demonstrate that Quebec City is a true volleyball town! Let’s fill the Colisée and challenge Mississauga, the other host city, to do the same.”
After two matches in Quebec City, the next four home matches are at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ont., against Portugal on June 7-8 and South Korea June 14-15. Toronto is the site of the previous attendance record for World League matches in Canada with over 8,000 fans in a Canada versus Brazil match in 2012 with Canada defeating the number one ranked Brazil in that match. Brousseau looks forward to Quebec City beating the attendance record in its first time hosting the event.
Head Coach Glenn Hoag attended the Quebec City press conference with two players from his roster, his son Chris Hoag and setter Olivier Faucher. Hoag spoke about the challenge for Team Canada. “World League is a very important competition as it allows us to measure ourselves against the best volleyball teams in the World. Our objective this quadrennial is to qualify for Rio 2016 so all training and competitions are geared towards this ultimate goal, noted Hoag. “Quebec is a great City for sport and volleyball so it is a great pleasure to host these World League matches here.”
Plessisville native Olivier Faucher looks forward to bringing such high level volleyball to his home province. Faucher, a former star for the Laval Volleyball Rouge et Or cracked the Team Canada lineup in 2007 and currently plays professional volleyball in Estonia when not with the National Team. “I have only played one match in Quebec City since the end of my University playing days with Laval and I am looking forward to playing here again. It’s not every day that you get a chance to play an International, high level match in front of family and friends. I am extremely excited to finally have the opportunity. “
Canadian Olympic Committee President, Marcel Aubut sent his wishes to the team: “On behalf of the entire Canadian Olympic family, I would like to welcome all the athletes, coaches and fans to Canada for the 2013 FIVB Volleyball World League tournament. Best of luck to Team Canada and Team Netherlands competing in my hometown of Quebec City later this month, and I hope to be there to cheer Canada on.”
The Canadians returned to World League play last season for the first time in five years and automatically qualified for 2013 finishing 12th overall. Following the home matches in Quebec City and Mississauga, Canada will conclude its World League preliminary round Pool C matches in Finland June 28-29 and Japan July 6-7.
Six teams will qualify for the World League Finals in Argentina featuring the top two teams from Pools A and B, plus the winner of Pool C and Argentina as the host country.
Tickets for the Quebec City matches can be purchased on-line through Billetech.com or by phone: 418-643-8131 or 418-691-SHOW.