The three-time defending Canada West champion Trinity Western’s men’s volleyball team will represent Canada this summer at the 2018 FISU Americas Games in Brazil. The Spartans will start their march to São Paulo with a fundraising match Thursday against a TWU alumni side at the David E. Enarson Gymnasium. Game time is at 6:45 p.m.
Thursday’s launch event will not only mark the launch of the Spartans journey to Brazil, it will also be a fundraising opportunity to help TWU represent Canada on such a large international stage. A GoFundMe page will be set up to allow for donations to the Spartans trip. Tickets to Thursday’s match will be available at the door by donation.
The contest on Thursday evening will feature an alumni side that will include as many as nine players from national championship winning TWU teams, including six from the 2010-11 side that captured the U SPORTS title on home court.
The FISU Americas Games, which will run from July 20th to 28th, is a Pan American branch of the FISU World University Games. Along with Canada, many of the top volleyball-playing countries in the world will be in São Paulo, including Brazil, USA and Argentina.
Along with participation in the multi-sport games, the Spartans will have the opportunity to partner with other teams from other countries in a variety of service projects in the city of São Paulo. Athletes in Action will have a large presence at the event and has partnered with a number of local ministries. The Spartans will be part of a group of over 100 athletes who will be able to support those ministries in the days leading up to the competition.
This will be the third time TWU has donned the Maple Leaf on an international stage. In 2012, the Spartans represented Canada at the U23 Pan American Cup, finishing fourth. In 2011, the team participated in the FIVB Club World Championship as Canada’s representative, finishing with one win from three matches, including a victory over Iranian professional side Paykan Tehran.
TWU Spartans Alumni Team
Mark Antoniuk (’18)
Adam Schriemer (’18)
Scott Plocktis (’17)
Devyn Plett (’16)
Tyler Heppell (’15)
Brad Kufske (’14)
Jarrod Offereins (’13)
Ben Ball (’12)
Marc Howatson (’12)
Josh Doornenbal (’11)
Chris Meehan (’06) (not confirmed)