By UBC Okanagan Athletics on September 14, 2010
Photo: L-R, Alex Basso, Brittany Page, Marisa Field
Three Okanagan athletes are in Winnipeg today attending the Team Canada Women's Volleyball Selection Camp. Current UBC Okanagan Heat member Alex Basso (2nd year, Immaculata Secondary, Kelowna), former UBC O team member Marisa Field (2004-2006, Kelowna Secondary) and Vernon's Brittany Page (WL Seaton Secondary) are all attending the final selection camp for Team Canada from May 5-9, 2010.
Marisa Field and Brittany Page have been through this process before as both were members of Team Canada in previous years. This past season Field and Page were team mates in the Spanish Super League playing for the R.H. Las Palmas professional club team.
For Basso, this is her first taste of the National Team Program. After attending the High Performance Open Camp earlier in the week, Alex was invited to stay and tryout for the Senior National Team.
"The three days of the open camp were quite intense and my body is very sore," says Basso. "We did a bunch of testing and then a lot of hitting and blocking so I am feeling it. I am not used to six-hours-per-day of training and I since our season ended almost two months ago this was a big shock to the system. But the Team Canada Head Coach Arnd Ludwig asked me to stay for the Senior tryout camp, so I guess I am not heading home to Kelowna quite yet."
UBC Okanagan Head Coach Steve Manuel notes, "Alex is making us very proud. For her to be doing this well is a testament to the quality of the Heat program. Alex was one of only two CCAA athletes at the Open High Performance Camp and the only one at the Senior Camp. All other athletes are either top CIS players or professional athletes".
Coach Manuel has a lot to be proud of as he has a lot of time invested in Field and Page's development as well.
"I coached Marisa for two years here at UBC O in 2004-05 and 2005-06 before we handed her over to the UBC Thunderbirds program," says Manuel. "It is very rewarding to see how she has continued to develop from the point when she arrived to play for us until now. I also had the opportunity to work with Brittany from a young age while she was developing with the Vernon Volleyball Club and in our Okanagan development programs. In 2000-01, Brit made the move to the Kelowna Volleyball club where I coached her on the original Kelowna K'Roos team."
If selected to the National Team, the athletes will remain and train in Winnipeg for the summer and will attend several major competitions.
Athletes attending the 2010 Selection Camp (May 5-8) include:
Lauren O'Reilly, BC, Trinity Western University
Samantha Loewen, MB, University of Manitoba
Kelci French, AB, Full-Time Training Centre
Carla Bradstock, BC, Linz, Austria
Tammy Mahon, MB, Baku, Azerbaijan
Tiffany Dodds, SK, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Brittany Page, BC, Las Palmas, Spain
Kerri Smit, NS, St. Mary's University
Kristina Fabris, ON, Klagenfurt, Austria
Marie-Pier Murray Methot, QC, Université de Montréal
Sofie Hanna Schlagintweit, BC, Arizona State
Lisa Barclay, MB, Brandon Storm
Jennifer Hinze, BC, University of British Columbia
Marisa Field, BC, Las Palmas, Spain
Nadine Alphonse, QC, Université de Montréal
Tasha Holness, AB, Baku, Azerbaijan
Sarah Pavan, ON, Conegliano, Italy
Ashley Voth, MB, University of Manitoba
Colette Meek, AB, Full-Time Training Centre
Kyla Richey, BC, University of British Columbia
Tonya Mokelki, SK, Full-Time Training Centre
Julie Young, AB, Full-Time Training Centre
Janie Guimond, QC, Full-Time Training Centre
Claire Hanna, BC, University of British Columbia
Athletes attending the 2010 Open High Performance Camp (May 2-4) include:
Alex Basso, BC, UBC Okanagan
Brina Derksen-Bergen, BC, University of British Columbia
Jillian Blanchard, NB, University of New Brunswick
Vanessa Chorkawy, ON, Lakehead University
Beth Clark, SK, University of Regina
Dana Cranston, BC, Colorado State University
Courtney Dawson, AB, Dinos 18U Club
Jaclyn Ellis, AB, University of Alberta
Kristjana Fridfinsson, AB, Simon Fraser University
Valerie Lemay, QC, Astrelles of Abitibi-Temiscamingue
Katie Matthews, ON, Queen's University
Tricia Mayba, MB, University of Manitoba
Colleen Ogilvie, AB, Queen's University
Michelle Pierce, ON, University of Windsor
Tiffany Proudfoot, AB, University of Alberta
Anjelli Reyes, AB
Sonia Rossy, MB, University of Winnipeg
Lindsay Russell, BC, University of Calgary
Jamie Thibault, AB, University of Montana
Emilie Toone, Utah, Calcit Kamnik, Slovenia
Krista Zubick, AB, University of Alberta
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