VANCOUVER – The UBC Thunderbirds men’s volleyball team will have a unique test against a familiar face on Easter Friday at the Richmond Oval as head coach Richard Schick‘s crew will play an exhibition match against Canada’s national men’s sitting volleyball team, captained by former Thunderbird Austin Hinchey.
“This is an outstanding opportunity for our guys to attempt to apply the skills of volleyball into the sitting game,” said Schick. “The sitting game is an extremely technical game and our players’ volleyball IQ will be tested. The competitiveness will be high as I know our guys are excited about playing against one of their best friends and UBC alumnus Austin Hinchey.”
A setter, Hinchey became a Thunderbird in 2012 when he transferred to UBC from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in his hometown of Edmonton. He finished his university career in 2014.
Friday’s UBC match will take place at 3 p.m. at the Oval, and will mark the end of the first day of a weekend training camp for the sitting volleyball national team in Richmond, B.C. At 9 a.m. on Friday, the team will conduct a practice, before running a 1 p.m. clinic that is open to people of all ages and abilities.
The team will continue its training at the Oval with two-hour sessions on Saturday, April 4 at 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., and on Sunday at 9 a.m. All sessions are open for public viewing. There will also be a sitting volleyball clinic, open to women and men older than 14 years old, on Saturday at 1 p.m.
The weekend in Richmond is part of the national team’s preparations for August’s Parapan American Games in Toronto. The event will serve as a qualifier for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil.