On Friday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Volleyball Canada officially announced the team of 12 athletes nominated to represent Team Canada in men’s volleyball at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from August 5 to 21.
The 12 athletes selected are: Blair Bann, Jay Blankenau, Justin Duff, Nick Hoag, Daniel Jansen VanDoorn, Steve Marshall, Gord Perrin, TJ Sanders, Gavin Schmitt, Rudy Verhoeff, Graham Vigrass et Frederic Winters.
The men’s team earned its ticket to Rio 2016 at the World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Tokyo, Japan, last month. It is the first time in 24 years that Canada will have a men’s team competing in indoor volleyball at the Olympic Games.
At Rio 2016 the Canadian men’s team is in a pool with top-ranked teams including Brazil, Italy, France, the United States and Mexico. The preliminary round will take place August 7 to 15. The quarterfinals begin on August 17 with the medal matches on August 21. Team Canada expects to field a team of approximately 314 athletes.
Volleyball Canada is the National Sport Federation for indoor, beach and sitting volleyball.
The men’s volleyball team that will represent Canada at Rio 2016 includes:
Blair Bann, Edmonton, AB
Jay Blankenau, Sherwood Park, AB
Justin Duff, Winnipeg, MB
Nick Hoag, Sherbrooke, QC
Daniel Jansen VanDoorn, Langley, BC
Steve Marshall, Abbotsford, BC
Gord Perrin, Creston, BC
TJ Sanders, London, ON
Gavin Schmitt, Saskatoon, SK
Rudy Verhoeff, Calgary, AB
Graham Vigrass, Calgary, AB
Frederic Winters, Victoria, BC
Coaches and staff:
Team Leader - Julien Boucher, Quebec City, QC
Team Coordinator - Frank Boyer, Hawkesbury, ON
Statistician - Murat Haktanir, Izmir, Turkey
Therapist - Jean-Sébastien Hartnell, Ottawa, ON
Head Coach - Glenn Hoag, La Tuque, QC
Assistant Coach - Lawrence McKay, Winnipeg, MB
Mental Performance Consultant - Kyle Paquette, Espanola, ON
Assistant Coach - Vincent Pichette, Gatineau, QC
Therapist - Mathieu Seguin, Hawkesbury, ON
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