Adam Kaminski of Chatham, Ontario, has officially retired from the Volleyball Canada National Team program.
Kaminski, who has a bachelor of science from the University of Alberta, was a member of the national team for six years and played professional volleyball in Poland, Czech Republic and Slovenia.
A middle blocker, Kaminski fondly remembers the team atmosphere: “The highlight of my time with the national team would definitely be the fact of going into ‘work’ everyday, doing something I loved, with a group of people all working towards a common and ultimate goal.
Although I feel my goal was not achieved, I hope that the work put in over the years will be stepping stones to assist others in succeeding,” explained Kaminski.
“And although my playing days may be over, the love for the sport still remains and I hope to pass the passion and knowledge on to others, in hopes that someday they may experience the unforgettable years of wearing the maple leaf proudly on their chest. There are no words to express my thanks to all the players, coaches, staff, and supporters who, over the years, taught me so much and moulded me into the person I am today.”
Kaminski returned to school to become a professional engineer, and is now actively seeking opportunities in his field.
“Adam has been one of the most focused athletes I’ve had the chance to work with,” said men’s head coach Glenn Hoag. “During his years with the program, he grew to become an excellent player. He left a great legacy of smart playing and shared his assets with our staff of middle blockers, especially the younger ones.”
Hoag continued: “I want to wish Adam luck in his future endeavours.”
Earlier this week 17-year team veteran, Steve Brinkman, also announced his retirement. For more on the men’s national volleyball team, please go to www.volleyball.ca
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