Volleyball Canada has announced the list of athletes named to the 2022 National Excellence Program (NEP). Among the 13 athletes, 3 hail from Ontario. Congratulations to Daniil Hershtynovich, Jonathan Droppert and Matthew Siebenga on your selection to the program!
The athletes were selected following an identification process which included virtual applications and in-person selection camps.
National Excellence Program full athlete list:
Kale Fisher – S, NAVC (AB)
Daniil Hershtynovich – OPP, Thundercats (ON)
Piers de Greeff – OH, Victoria Volleyball Association (BC)
Kai Boyko – OPP, Junior Bisons (MB)
Jonathan Droppert – OH, KW Predators (ON)
Matthew Siebenga – OPP, Ancaster Lions (ON)
Dylan Martens – OH, Junior Bisons (MB)
Louis Charbonneau – OH, Lynx Volleyball (QC)
Ronan Huth – S, NAVC (AB)
Jean-Sebastien Faucher – OPP, Panthers Volleyball (QC)
Zachary Lowe – MB, Club Essor Titans (QC)
Grant Hill – S, YYC Eagles (AB)
Alex Borowski – OH, Apex Volleyball (BC)
From Volleyball Canada
The NEP provides a full-time daily training environment to Grade 10 to 12 males from September through to December 2022 in Quebec. In addition to providing technical and tactical training in line with the Senior Men's National Team, NEP will also provide competition opportunities with local and college programs, strength and conditioning, nutrition education, mental performance and well-being, as well as ongoing educational support.
“We are extremely excited about the direction of this program,” said Dan Lewis, Head Coach of the NEP program. “One of the keys to competing internationally is skill acquisition and the foundational structure of these players, so to have this concentrated group of young but high-level athletes is such an important step for the development of their profiles as well as the National Team system as a whole.”