Canada travels to Mexico to compete at the Men’s Continental Championship
October 02, 2015: Canada’s men’s team travels to Mexico this weekend to take another step toward Olympic qualification. The top four teams from the NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship – Oct. 03 to 11 – advance to a direct Olympic qualifier (date and location to be announced).
Canada recently returned from the World Cup in Japan, where the top two teams (U.S. and Italy) earned Olympic berths. Canada finished seventh overall at that tournament.
“We learned a lot from the World Cup experience, and had the opportunity to play the best teams in the world,” explains Canada’s coach Glenn Hoag. “Now our task is to have a successful tournament at the NORCECA Championship and move forward to the Olympic qualification tournament in our zone. We don’t take anything for granted, so we will face each match with the same goal in mind – Rio 2016.”
Canada plays Honduras on Oct. 05 to kick off this tournament.
Participating teams are all attempting to qualify for Rio from North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation regional event, with the exception of the U.S. (already qualified).
#1 TJ Sanders, London, ON
#2 Gordon Perrin, Creston, BC
#3 Dan Lewis, Oakville, ON
#5 Rudy Verhoeff, Calgary, AB
#6 Justin Duff, Winnipeg, MB
#8 Adam Simac, Ottawa, ON
#9 Dustin Schneider, Brandon, MB
#10 Toon Van Lankvelt, Rivers, MB
#11 Daniel Jansen Vandoorn, Langley, BC
#14 Max Burt, Gander, NL
#15 Fred Winters, Victoria, BC
#18 Nicholas Hoag, Sherbrooke, QC
#19 Blair Bann, Edmonton, AB
#22 Steven Marshall, Abbotsford, BC
Glenn Hoag, head coach,
Vincent Pichette, assistant coach
Larry McKay, assistant coach
Julien Boucher, team manager
Jean-Sebastien Hartell, athletic therapist
Murat Haktanir, statistician