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Canadian men's national beach volleyball team

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The Canada men's national beach volleyball team represents Canada in international beach volleyball competitions run by the FIVB. The team trains at the Team Canada Beach Volleyball Training Centre at Downsview Park in Toronto during the winter.[1]


The first players to represent Canada at an international FIVB-sanctioned tournament were James Helmer and Stephen Joseph at the Jesi Open in Italy in 1989 and they finished 18th.[2] This was only the fourth sanctioned event run by the FIVB.[3]

It wasn't until 1996 that John Child and Mark Heese claimed Canada's first gold medal on the FIVB Tour at the German Open in Berlin.[4][5] The team of Child/Heese continued their success during beach volleyball's debut at the 1996 Olympic Games, where they won bronze. This was Volleyball Canada's first Olympic medal.[6]

At the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, beach volleyball was included for the first time and the team of Jody Holden and Conrad Leinemann won gold on home soil.

The national team has qualified for every Olympic Games that has included beach volleyball except Beijing as well as every Beach Volleyball World Championships highlighted by a 5th at the 2013 World Championships by Ben Saxton and Chaim Schalk.

At the inaugural 2018 Commonwealth Games beach volleyball event, Sam Pedlow and Sam Schachter took home the silver medal.[7]

AssociationVolleyball Canada
Head coachCanada Josh Nichol
FIVB ranking6 (as of October 2018)


Olympic Games[edit]

  • Canada 1996 Atlanta — Bronze medal with cup.svg Bronze medal Child/Heese, 17th Drakich/Dunn
  • Australia 2000 Sydney — 5th Child/Heese, 9th Holden/Leinemann
  • Greece 2004 Athens — 5th Child/Heese
  • China 2008 Beijing — did not qualify
  • United Kingdom 2012 London — 17th Binstock/Reader
  • Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro — 9th Saxton/Schalk, 19th Binstock/Schachter,
  • Japan 2020 Tokyo — TBD

World Championships[edit]

  • United States 1997 Los Angeles — 9th Child/Heese, 17th Holden/Leinemann
  • France 1999 Marseille — 9th Child/Heese, 17th Holden/Leinemann
  • Austria 2001 Klagenfurt — 17th Child/Heese, 17th Holden/Leinemann, 17th Ljubicic/Slean, 33rd Cadieux/Chaloupka
  • Brazil 2003 Rio de Janeiro — 17th Holden/Leinemann, 37th Child/Heese
  • Germany 2005 Berlin — 9th Leinemann/VanHuizen, 33rd Child/Heese, 33rd Cadieux/Domingo
  • Switzerland 2007 Gstaad — 25th Cadieux/Heese, 33rd Leinemann/VanHuizen
  • Norway 2009 Stavanger — 9th Redmann/VanHuizen, 37th Cadieux/Reader
  • Italy 2011 Rome — 17th Redmann/Saxton
  • Poland 2013 Stare Jablonki — 5th Saxton/Schalk
  • Netherlands 2015 The Hague — 9th Binstock/Schachter, 17th Saxton/Schalk
  • Austria 2017 Vienna — 5th Saxton/Schalk, 9th Pedlow/Schachter, 33rd Nusbaum/Vandenburg
  • Germany 2019 Hamburg — 17th Pedlow/Schachter, 17th O'Gorman/Saxton

Commonwealth Games[edit]

  • Australia 2018 Gold Coast — Silver medal with cup.svg Silver medal Pedlow/Schachter

Pan American Games[edit]

  • Canada 1999 Winnipeg —  Gold medal with cup.svg Gold medal Holden/Leinemann, 7th Gatzke/Lewis
  • Dominican Republic 2003 Santo Domingo — 5th Ljubicic/Slean
  • Brazil 2007 Rio de Janeiro — 4th Kruger/Montgomery
  • Mexico 2011 Guadalajara — 9th Redmann/Saxton
  • Canada 2015 Toronto —  8th Binstock/Schachter
  • Peru 2019 Lima — 4th Nusbaum/Plantinga


Current squad[edit]

The following is current as of December 29, 2020.


Name Position Date of birth (age) Height Hometown
Grant O'Gorman Defender (1993-11-02) November 2, 1993 (age 27) 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) Canada Scarborough, ON
Samuel Pedlow Blocker (1987-06-14) June 14, 1987 (age 33) 6 ft 5 in (196 cm) Canada Barrie, ON
Ben Saxton Blocker (1988-11-21) November 21, 1988 (age 32) 6 ft 7 in (201 cm) Canada Calgary, AB
Sam Schachter Defender (1990-05-08) May 8, 1990 (age 30) 6 ft 5 in (196 cm) Canada Richmond Hill, ON


Next Gen[edit]

Name Position Date of birth Height Hometown
Alex Russell Canada Surrey, BC
Sergiy Grabovskyy Defender (1994-08-19) August 19, 1994 (age 26) 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) Canada Aurora, BC
Liam Kopp Defender (1995-01-30) January 30, 1995 (age 26) 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) Canada St. Catharines, ON
Jake Macneil Defender (1996-05-01) May 1, 1996 (age 25) 6 ft 0 in (183 cm) Canada Georgetown, ON
Aaron Nusbaum Defender (1993-01-13) January 13, 1993 (age 28) 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) Canada Aurora, ON
Mike Plantinga Blocker (1990-05-23) May 23, 1990 (age 30) 6 ft 7 in (201 cm) Canada Langley, BC
Will Hoey Blocker (1994-11-24) November 24, 1994 (age 26) 6 ft 8 in (203 cm) Canada Brampton, BC
Ivan Reka Blocker (1993-11-08) November 8, 1993 (age 27) 6 ft 3 in (191 cm) Canada Longeuil, QC
Mike Plantinga Blocker (1990-05-23) May 23, 1990 (age 30) 6 ft 7 in (201 cm) Canada Langley, BC
Chris Towe Canada Caledon, ON


Coaching staff[edit]

In February 2021, Josh Nichol was promoted to NextGen Head Coach and Felipe Humana-Paredes was hired as Performance Analyst and NextGen Assistant Coach.[10]

Name Position
Canada Josh Nichol NextGen Head Coach
Canada Ed Drakich High Performance Director
Canada Ryan MacDonald Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach
Canada Felipe Humana-Paredes Performance Analyst and NextGen Assistant Coach
Canada Nicole Sullivan Physiotherapist
Canada Krista McHardy Athletic Therapist
Canada Julia Hamilton Sports Physician
Canada Nicole Springle Nutritionist
Canada Judy Goss Sport Psychologist
Canada Cameron Borody Chiropractor
Canada Ryan Aktari High Performance Coordinator
Canada Lia Diffin Program and Events Coordinator

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topic Volleyball : Trisha Genesis, List of indoor volleyball World Champions

Other articles of the topic Canada : SomeOrdinaryGamers, Blue Dog Pict, Alice & Smith, Chinese people, Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, Buspirone/L-DOPA/carbidopa, 2020 Toronto hammer attack
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  1. "Beach Volleyball Centre". Volleyball Canada. Retrieved 2020-12-29.
  2. "Jesi Open". Beach Volleyball Database. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  3. "Beach Volleyball History". FIVB. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  4. "Mark Heese". Aurora Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  5. "HEESE CELEBRATES 51ST WITH MEMORIES". FIVB. 2020-08-15. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  6. "History Beach". Volleyball Canada. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  7. "Canadians make history by winning inaugural Commonwealth Games beach volleyball event". CBC. The Canadian Press. 2018-04-12. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  8. "Men Beach Senior". Volleyball Canada. Retrieved 29 December 2020.
  9. "Beach Men Next Gen". Volleyball Canada. Retrieved 2020-12-29.
  10. "Volleyball Canada's Beach Program Announcement". Volleyball Canada. 2021-02-17. Retrieved 2021-02-21.

External links[edit]

Category:Men's national sports teams Category:Men's national sports teams of Canada Category:Volleyball in Canada

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