The 2017 Canada Games in Winnipeg get underway this weekend and will kick off with a bang as Beach Volleyball is one of the first events on the schedule. Team Ontario’s men and women both hit the sand starting on Sunday. Click on the athlete’s names below to access stats and schedules for the Games.
Representing Ontario on the women’s side is Lea Monkhouse (left) and Molly McBain, coached by Brad McClure.
Coach McClure spoke about the team’s preparation and outlook for the Games:
“I have enjoyed the experience so far and have gained a greater appreciation for what goes into putting together and preparing for a multi-sport games. Our Sports Lead and the Team Ontario Mission Staff have done a great job allowing myself and the athletes to focus on preparations for the games.
I believe that Molly and Lea are prepared to compete at these games. They have worked hard in practice and put together a competition schedule that challenged them with tough competition and learning to manage themselves while on the road.
I am looking forward to seeing the girls’ hard work and dedication to their training be put on display. Our goal is to perform at the most optimal level and work towards an appearance in a medal match.”
"Lea and I have prepared for the Canada Summer Games by training hard with Team Ontario and participating in tournaments in California, Vancouver and Ontario. I feel we are playing well and should be playing some of our best beach volleyball in the summer games. Our goal is to play our best during the games and hopefully that means winning gold.”
On the men’s side, Tom Sorra (left) and Logan Mend will represent Ontario, coached by Josh Nichol (middle).
Coach Nichol stated:
"It was great working alongside coach Alain Arseneau as the team prepared for the World Championships in China. As a team we prepared really well leading into the OVA Grand Slam, U21 World Championships, and our BC Camp. We are excited to compete and represent Team Ontario here at the games."
Coach Nichol, who is also the founder of Lionheart Media, provided this great video montage of the men’s training sessions and competition in BC:
Good luck to both Ontario teams!