Top level Canadian beach volleyball teams headed to Halifax this weekend



August 27, 2014: The teams for this weekend’s Canadian National Team Beach Volleyball Championship at SandJam Halifax, presented by Eastlink, are selected and set to descend on the city this weekend. From Friday August, 29 to Sunday August, 31, the tournament will feature the top eight male and top eight female Canadian beach volleyball teams, several of whom compete on the FIVB International circuit.

“We are looking forward to some high-quality matches in Halifax as the winners of Nationals face the current Team Canada athletes,” said Ed Drakich, Volleyball Canada beach High Performance Director. “This event will be the highest level of beach volleyball played in Canada this year, and I expect every match to be compelling as teams fight for the title of 2014 Canadian National Team Champion.”

Here’s the line-up for this weekend’s Canadian National Team Championship:

Benjamin Saxton (Calgary, AB); Chaim Schalk (Red Deer, AB)
Maverick Hatch (Comox, BC); Christian Redmann (Oro Station, ON)
Joshua Binstock (Richmond Hill, ON); Samuel Schachter (Richmond Hill, ON)
Samuel Pedlow (Barrie, ON); Grant O’Gorman (Scarborough, ON)
Eric Simon (London, ON); Aaron Nusbaum (Aurora, ON)
Simon Fecteau-Boutin (Lévis, QC); Ryan Vandenburg (Toronto, ON)
Daniel Dearing (Toronto, ON); Garrett May (Scarborough, ON)
Ryan Gandy (Vancouver, BC); David Beleznay (lVancouver, BC)

Shanyn Devereux (Toronto, ON); Liz Salas (Toronto, ON)
Charlotte Sider (Ottawa, ON); Alexandra Woolley (Toronto, ON)
Claudia Séguin (Saint-Pascal Baylon, ON); Brandie Wilkerson (Toronto, ON)
Victoria Cowley (Toronto, ON); Kerri Smit (Shubenacadie, NS)
Sarah Pavan (Kitchener, ON); Heather Bansley (Waterdown, ON)
Kacie MacTavish (Sharon, ON); Caleigh Whitaker (Sharon, ON)
Melissa Humana-Paredes (Toronto, ON); Taylor Pischke (Winnipeg, MB)
Jamie Broder (Victoria, BC); Kristina Valjas (Toronto, ON)

“SandJam Halifax presented by Eastlink is an event unlike any other in Atlantic Canada and a highlight of our short summer season,” said Derek Martin, President of S|E|A, the event producers. “We are thrilled to host the Canadian National Team Beach Championship for the first time east of Toronto, and showcase the best beach volleyball athletes representing Canada.”

An area of the Halifax waterfront will be transformed into the temporary Eastlink stadium complete with two Olympic-sized beach volleyball courts, stadium seating, concert stage and food & beverage offerings. For tickets and information (including results) please visit

The Canadian National Team Beach Volleyball Championship, which has $10,000 in prize money, will begin this Friday, August 29 with round robin games in the morning session from 10am-2pm and then again for the afternoon session from 3pm-7pm. The round robin portion will continue at the Saturday morning session from 10am-2pm with quarter finals from 3pm-7pm Saturday afternoon. The Sunday morning session from 10am-2pm will feature the semi-finals in both the male and female divisions with the consolation and finals occurring between 3pm-7pm that afternoon. All 12 quarter-final, semi-final, consolation final and final games will be live on Eastlink TV.

The SandJam concert presented by Live 105 will take place on the Salter lot following the afternoon session on Saturday, August 30th featuring The New Pornographers, The Town Heroes and Neon Dreams.

SandJam Halifax is presented by Eastlink and produced by Sports & Entertainment Atlantic and supported by the City of Halifax, Province of Nova Scotia, Waterfront Development, Volleyball Canada, Volleyball Nova Scotia, and a group of outstanding corporate sponsors and supporters.

Event contact:
Derek Martin
Sports & Entertainment Atlantic
902-444-3773 x1

VC Media contact:
Jackie Skender
mobile : 613.794.7676

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