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Camosun coach/instructor Charles Parkinson joins CBC broadcast team for Rio 2016

CBC/Radio Canada has officially announced that Camosun College men’s volleyball head coach and faculty member of Camosun’s Centre for Sport and Exercise Education Charles Parkinson will join their expert team of commentators and analysts for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio this August. The impressive group features veteran television play-by-play voices and experienced analysts, including several Olympians who will add a layer of firsthand insight to the network’s broadcasts.

A familiar voice to volleyball fans across Canada, Charles will make his fifth return to the CBC/Radio-Canada’s Olympic Games broadcast team to cover volleyball and beach volleyball for the 2016 Games.

“Beach and Indoor Volleyball are always big draws at the Olympics and also attract a huge global audience,” states Parkinson who is a former National Team captain. “Brazil has been the mecca for these sports for the last decade and the fans are known worldwide for their bright yellow shirts and their singing and drumming from start to finish of matches. I’m particularly excited because this is the first time I will have the privilege of calling Canadian indoor Men’s volleyball action at the Olympic Games. It should be quite a spectacle and a fantastic exhibition of volleyball and beach volleyball at its finest.”

While a complete schedule for the two sports is yet to be determined, Parkinson along with fellow veteran commentator Rob Snoek, will be ready to provide their expertise for both the men’s and women’s events.

“The qualification period for beach has not yet concluded,” explains Parkinson. “A comprehensive schedule will be crafted once it is clear which teams are in the Olympic Games. I’m excited about this opportunity because the sports are very different and allow for different approaches. At this point, we know that the volleyball schedule begins right after the Opening Ceremonies and finishes just before the Closing Ceremonies so I will be on the air for the entire Olympic period.”

As a precursor to the Olympics, Parkinson will be calling the Canadian men’s matches during the 2016 FIVB World League which will see 36 countries competing from June 17 – July 17 with Team Canada scheduled follows (complete schedule here).

Budejovice, Czech Republic

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Tampere, Finland

June 17 vs. China

June 24 vs. Korea

July 1 vs. Cuba

June 18 vs. Egypt

June 25 vs. China

July 2 vs. Portugal

June 19 vs. Czech Republic

June 26 vs. Portugal

July 3 vs. Finland

Parkinson states, “Team Canada is part of Group 2 of the World League which includes 12 teams ranked 10th to 24th in the world and only the four best teams from this group after the round robin will advance to the final four tournament on the July 9-10 weekend in Matosinhos, Portugal. I am looking forward to calling all the Canadian matches for the fourth year in a row with my partner Paul Duerden, former National Team star and international professional player.”