Team Ontario Beach: Canada Games Trials - June 3-4 at Ashbridges Bay, Toronto

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Canada Games Trials will take place on the weekend of June 3-4 at Ashbridges Bay, Toronto.

The winning team in each gender division will earn the right to represent Ontario at the Canada Games, July 28–August 4 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The second place teams will be the alternate representatives. We are inviting all beach athletes born in 1997 and later to compete in the Trials by registering here.

The teams selected to represent Ontario at the 2017 Canada Games are not required to train with the Full Time Training Group however Canada Games candidates are welcome to be identified for the Fulltime Training Group. Information on the Fulltime Training Group can be found here.

Athletes will have to attend mandatory training camps and competitions with Team Ontario.

The Canada Games Team’s seasonal plan will be confirmed once the trials have been completed. The Canada Games Team should plan to work with the Canada Games coaches during the following in preparation:

Training Camps & Competitions:

  • June 21-23 – Training with Fulltime Training Group vs Team Nova Scotia in Toronto, Ontario
  • June 24-25 – Toronto Grand Slam*
  • July 19-20 – Training with Fulltime Training Group vs Team Quebec in Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • July 22-23 – Quebec Excellence Open*


Further Training Opportunities:

  • With Canada Games coaches and Fulltime Training Group athletes In Toronto on Friday’s beginning June 9, 2017.

About the Canada Games

Since the Canada Games began in 1967, they have grown into Canada’s largest multi-sport event. The event is considered the pinnacle of inter-provincial/territorial sport programs and a springboard to National level programs. Ontario has finished on the podium every year beach volleyball has been offered at the games. Two time Olympian Josh Binstock has repressed Ontario at the games, winning a silver medal with Adrian Weglo in 2001. Gilah McHugh and Rebecca Moskowitz also took home a silver representing the women’s side for Ontario in 2001. In 2009 Adam Podstawka and Reid Hall won gold on the men’s side and Caleigh Whitaker and Dianne Burrows won bronze for the women. Most recently in 2013 Sophie Bukovec and Ali Wooley won gold for the women and Sergiy Grabovsky and Fiodar Kazhamiaka won silver.  

Women’s Canada Games Coach - Brad McClure

Brad started coaching with Team Ontario beach in 2014, in 2016 he was the lead coach of girls 18U provincial team. Brad helped lead Iris Fletcher & Rachel Grove to a 16U National Championship gold in 2015, as well as Annette Kowara & Brittney Sestric to a Youth Open National Championship gold in 2016. During the 2016 season Brad also attended the U21 World Championships as a part of the coaching team in Lucerne, Switzerland. Currently completing his PhD in Sport Philosophy, he is also the head coach of Conestoga college’s women’s indoor volleyball team. Brad is an NCCP Level 2 Beach & Indoor Certified, with his NCCP Beach Performance Coach certification set for completion July 2017.

Men’s Canada Games Coach - Josh Nichol 

Josh was the lead coach for the boys 18U beach provincial team in 2015, as well as an assistant coach to the men’s 22U beach provincial team when he helped lead the team of Taryq Sani and Jordan Pereira to a silver medal at Canadian nationals. In the 2016 season Josh attended both continental and world tour senior events as part of a coaching team supporting national team pair Felipe Humana-Parades & Christian Redmann, including at the FIVB Grand Slam event in Long Beach, California. Josh is NCCP Level 3 Indoor Certified, NCCP Level 2 Beach Certified, and currently completing is NCCP Beach Performance Coach certification set to be fully certified by July 2017. Josh is an NCCP Learning Facilitator.

More information on Team Ontario and the Canada Games can be found here or by visiting the Canada Games website.


The cost of the trials is $100 plus HST. Please register here.

Click here for more information about Team Ontario Beach programs.

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