Stephens to train with Team Canada
(Oct. 10, 2013) Former Sea-Hawks men’s volleyball player Andrew Stephens is closer to his dream of playing professional volleyball as he has recently begun training at the national team’s full time centre (FTC) in Gatineau, Quebec.
Stephens started training at the centre on September 30th and will train five days a week until December 20th. The training will then resume February 3rd and run until May 3rd.
Stephens is excited to train with the best in the country.
He said, “There will be demo inter-squad games on the weekdays and we will travel to universities on weekends. There will be weight-training sessions and in March we will travel to Europe for a two-week tour. This will give us some great international experience. I am really looking forward to it.”
The opportunity presented itself after Stephens went to the Team Canada B tryout in May. Despite getting cut from the team at that time the possibility of training at the FTC was discussed. In mid-September Stephens received an official invitation.
Stephens feels this is a big step towards accomplishing his goal of playing professionally.
He said, “My goal is to play professionally overseas next season and I feel that this experience is definitely a step towards that goal.”
Memorial men’s volleyball coach Luke Harris says that having Stephens accepted into the FTC is great for Andrew and also the reputation of the Memorial program.
He said, “It means a lot to our program that Andrew has moved on to this level. It shows Canada that the tools are here for athletes to excel. We are really proud of Andrew’s accomplishments and we are wishing him the best of luck!”