Calgary to kick-off the 2015 edition of World League for Team Canada

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Calgary, Alberta, will be the centre of the Canadian volleyball universe next May. The city will not only play host to the largest national championship this country has seen, Calgary 2015, it will also be the site of the Canadian men’s senior team’s FIVB World League opening weekend.

Canada will play Cuba on the weekend of May 15 to 17, as recently confirmed by the FIVB (international volleyball federation) in what is expected to be the biggest edition of the World League tournament so far with a record 32 teams participating in the competition for the first time.

Canada (ranked 14th in the world) is in Group 2, which consists of Pools C, D and E. Bulgaria, Cuba, Canada and Argentina are in Pool C. France, Japan, South Korea and the Czech Republic make up Pool D, while Pool E includes Belgium, Portugal, Finland and the Netherlands.

“We were all very excited to hear the news that World League will begin in Calgary during the age-class nationals,” said Volleyball Canada’s men’s team coach, Glenn Hoag. “It is very important for the development and growth of our sport to be able to showcase athletes at all levels.”

In 2014, the Canadian portion of World League also began at Calgary’s Stampede Corral with two wins over Finland. The locations of Canada’s other World League matches are yet to be finalized. The Canadian women’s team will also play international matches, tentatively scheduled for May 13 and 14, in conjunction with Calgary 2015 – more details to follow.

The Calgary Sport Tourism Authority has been a key supporter of Calgary 2015, which will combine all of Volleyball Canada’s current national championship categories into one event, creating the largest celebration of volleyball in Canada. Calgary 2015 runs from May 14 to 19.

“We are tremendously excited to welcome the FIVB World League and the 2015 Volleyball Canada Championships to Calgary this spring,” says Doug Mitchell, Chair, Calgary Sport Tourism Authority. “This is the perfect opportunity for volleyball enthusiasts of all ages and abilities to experience the best the sport has to offer, from grassroots competitors to professionals. Hosting the combination of 10,000 nationals’ participants with our National Team players competing in World League is a testament to the Calgary Sport Tourism Authority’s strategic approach to event bidding and our history of hosting world-class events. We know the benefits of these events will be far-reaching for Calgary and will include economic and tourism opportunities, in addition to encouraging local youth to live active lifestyles.”

More information on the men’s and women’s national team matches will be released at www.volleyball.ca when it’s available. See the schedule overview for 2015 FIVB World League Groups 2 and 3.

For all the details on Calgary 2015, please go to http://www.volleyball.ca/content/calgary-2015 and sign up to receive e-mail updates.

Details on ticket prices and availability for the FIVB World League matches at the Stampede Corral in Calgary will be made available in the coming months. A special ticket promotion will be in place for all participants of the 2015 Volleyball Canada Championships.

In addition to Tourism Calgary, Volleyball Canada thanks its many partners for making this event possible, including the Government of Canada, and Own the Podium for its support of the men’s team. For a full list of Volleyball Canada’s sponsors and supporters, please go to www.volleyball.ca

More info: Calgary2015@volleyball.ca

Volleyball Canada media contact:
Jackie Skender
jskender@volleyball.ca
mobile : 613.794.7676

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