The Investors Group Athletic Centre at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg facilitated the players and provided them with necessary equipment. At the end of the camp, only 34 athletes were shortlisted to be featured on the National A and B teams.
In the grid of 34 athletes, Alicia Perrin, Shanice Marcelle, Lisa Barclay, Kristi Hunter, Jaimie Thibeault, and Tricia Mayba.
Those are the six players who represented Canada at the 2011 FISU Games in Shenzhen China. They also took part in the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Furthermore, seven veteran players have also returned to the team. The list of veteran players features Marie-Pier Murray-Methot, Nadine Alphonse, Marisa Field, Brittney Page, Janie Guimond, Claire Hanna, and Tiffany Dodds.
Rebecca Pavan, the sister of internationally renowned wing-spiker from Canada Sarah Lindsey Pavan, fulfilled the selection criteria and joined the team. Likewise, the daughter University of Manitoba Bisons Head Coach Garth Pischke, Taylor Pischke is also included in the chosen 34 player for Canadian National A and B Teams.
Alicia Perrin is the third player who has one of her family members associated with the sport of volleyball. Her brother Gord Perrin has played in men’s A team. For these three players, it is a family tradition to play the challenging sport of volleyball.
Currently, no specific teams have been decided yet. All the players are supposed to train together for almost a month.
However, the Volleyball Canada will select A Team at the end of June. The selected A team will continue training, while the rest of the players will move back to their homes. Team A will have few exhibition matches against women’s team from Argentina.
Moreover, the Canadian squad will have the ultimate goal to get prepared for the big tournaments such Pan American Cup and World Grand Prix.