With tryouts, administrative work and registration behind us, the Club’s focus shifted to on court training. We are excited with the group of athletes we have on the 16 and 18U team. The 2019 season also welcomed our first boy’s team which will play at the 16U age group.
On January 12, 13th, we hosted a 2-day training camp at Carihi. It was Julie’s first introduction to our club, our athlete’s and their parents. The girls worked extremely hard and the quality of practice improved from Saturday morning until Sunday afternoon. A big thank you to the Green’s for providing the food and for the parents for handling the registration process and some of the clothing handouts.
January 23-28 was a huge weekend for our club. Air Attack traveled to Comox and enjoyed both on court and off court activities. It was the first time that a Vancouver based club has traveled to our area to play and train. We enjoy a strong connection with Air Attack which began during last season’s super series events with our 17u’s. The girls from last year’s team were keen to host and Air Attack was keen to travel. The athletes have a budding friendship which will last much longer than the playing season. Thank you to all the billet families and to Berg for his organization and effort.
The same weekend, our 16’s traveled to the San Francisco area to train and play at a local club called Norcal. With Jesse Knights connections, the girls were able to train at Norcal’s facility and play several matches against their teams. Although the focus was on the court, the girls managed some time away from the gym to enjoy some fun activities, bond as a team and get to know coach Julie. It was a terrific opportunity for some early season work. Thank you to all of those that organized the trip, chaperoned and coached. Also, a big thank you on behalf of the girls to their families for contributing financially to make this inaugural trip a success.
Lastly, we are happy to welcome Sasha Haldane to our club. Sasha trained with the 16’s during the training camp weekend before being invited to San Francisco. The friendship’s she built and the competitive environment we provide were a great fit for her to make the move from Terrace. Like the relationships with Air Attack and Norcal, Terrace is connected to our volleyball community. We acknowledge the tough decision for Sasha and her family, and we will work to make her stay enjoyable.
Good luck to all teams this month as the competition season begins.