Canada’s Under 18 women’s volleyball team has qualified for the World Championship this year. Something that hasn’t been done since 1989. The competition will start on September 3 in Cairo and Ismailia, Egypt, but before they could start competing they had to come together and train as a team.
Leading to the team coming to Crystal Beach out of all the choices across Canada.
The Crystal Beach Tennis and Yacht Club played host to the young athletes, coaches and their parents while they trained in St. Catharines.
“It’s beautiful here. As high calibre athletes they need a break, a type of escape” said assistant coach Dale Melnick who lives in Crystal Beach six months out of the year.
While staying in the beach the team explored downtown Ridgeway and Crystal Beach. “They need a balance between the court and a nice place and we are happy to be here,” said Head coach Scott Koskie.
The team left Crystal Beach with a farewell party August 25 and headed for the Toronto airport on the 26th. Leaving them plenty of time after the 23-26 hour flight to get into the right headspace for the world stage.
The team will face off against Korea first on September 5 followed by Mexico, Italy and their biggest competitor the United States. The team will have to place in the top two in their division in order to advance. They came second to the United States at Norceca Championships 2018 which qualified them this spot; which will make for an interesting rematch.
“We started well. We have a lot to go, but we are in a great spot” Koskie said after their week of training in St Catharines and their stay at the beach.