Louis Daignault (ISN)
August 14, 2013, OTTAWA (ISN) – After eight seasons with the Canadian National Volleyball Team – including this summer’s incredible World League campaign – Louis-Pierre Mainville of Notre-Dame de l’Ile-Perrot, QC, has announced his retirement from high-performance sport.
“Since the first time I watched a Canadian National Team match on television, in 1998, I knew that one day I wanted to be a part of this team. In 2006, I made the team and one of my dreams had been realized,” Mainville said in a statement.
“My career with the National Team faced many challenges over the years. Several injuries, an operation and two changes in position on the court tested my determination over the last eight years. My passion for volleyball and my love for sport allowed me to overcome all these obstacles. Today I am very proud to have had the ability to represent Canada throughout the years on the international volleyball scene.”
Mainville, 28, thanked those who made his career possible, including coaches from Mistral de Vaudreuil and from Cegep de Sherbrooke, Sebastien Roy and Marc Lussier, and also to all coaches who took part in summer programs, such as l’Équipe du Québec and the Junior National team. He also thanked his family, and the staff and therapists who helped in his recovery from injuries.
He continued: “I would like to thank Glenn Hoag, head coach of the National Volleyball Team, and my coach since the beginning of my career with the team in 2006. Thank you Glenn, for having confidence in me even though I was still so young when I made the team; and thank you for having taught me so much about volleyball.”
In September, Mainville will return to university as a full-time student to finish a Bachelor’s degree, and he vowed to continue his involvement with the sport.
“I am looking forward to giving back to the volleyball community by getting involved in helping young volleyball players and helping promote the sport that has meant so much to me all these years.”
The next major event for the men’s team is the 2013 NORCECA Volleyball Continental Championship in British Columbia (September 23 to 30 at the Langley Events Centre). Mainville will not participate, but stressed he will be watching the team’s progress closely.