TORONTO — On Wednesday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Volleyball Canada officially announced the four teams (eight athletes) nominated to represent Team Canada in beach volleyball at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from August 5 to 21.
The four teams selected include: Sarah Pavan and Heather Bansley; Jamie Broder and Kristina Valjas; Chaim Schalk and Ben Saxton; and Josh Binstock and Sam Schachter.
Both women’s teams as well as Schalk and Saxton qualified for Rio 2016 based on their FIVB world ranking as of June 12, 2016. Binstock and Schachter – with Canadian teammates Sam Pedlow and Grant O’Gorman – nabbed the final berth through the FIVB World Continental Cup in Sochi, Russia, earlier this month and then defeated Pedlow and O’Gorman at Volleyball Canada’s Olympic Trials this past weekend in North Bay, Ontario. This is the first time Canada has qualified a full beach volleyball quota of two teams per gender since the sport was introduced into the Olympic program at Atlanta 1996.
At Rio 2016, the men’s and women’s beach volleyball competitions will take place on the famous sands of Copacabana beach.
“Congratulations to the outstanding duos that have been nominated today. Both the men and women are in top form and will be heading into Rio with a real opportunity to reach the podium. Good luck in your preparations – all of Canada will be ready to cheer you on.” – Curt Harnett, Rio 2016 Team Canada Chef de Mission
“I am thrilled that we will have our full quota of beach athletes in Rio. It has been very exciting to witness the three teams qualify through the world rankings, and then to watch the men’s teams fight for the remaining spot with such determination and true team work. I can’t wait to watch all four teams compete at Copacabana next month!” – Debra Armstrong, Chair, Board of Directors of Volleyball Canada
“I would like to congratulate the athletes named today to Canada’s beach volleyball team bound for Rio. The Government of Canada is proud to support Volleyball Canada and our athletes as they prepare to take on the world in a couple of weeks at the Olympic Games.” – The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities
The beach volleyball teams that will represent Canada at Rio 2016 includes:
First Last Hometown Event
Heather Bansley, Waterdown, ON, Women
Josh Binstock, Richmond Hill, ON, Men
Jamie Broder, Victoria, BC, Women
Sarah Pavan, Kitchener, ON, Women
Ben Saxton, Calgary, AB, Men
Sam Schachter, Richmond Hill, ON, Men
Chaim Schalk, Red Deer, AB, Men
Kristina Valjas, Toronto, ON, Women
Position, First Last, Hometown
National Team Head Coach, Steve Anderson, Louisville, Kentucky
Women’s Coach, Scott Davenport, Rochester, New York
Men’s Coach, Lennard Krapp, Hamburg, Germany
Men’s Coach, Jason Lochhead, Tauranga, New Zealand
Women’s Coach, John May, Toronto, ON