KELOWNA, BC -- Just a few weeks after writing her final, final exam at UBC Okanagan, Briana Beamish capped off her stellar five year career at UBC Okanagan by having a great selection camp culminating in earning a spot on the National Senior A women’s volleyball team.
When reached after her selection Brianna still couldn't believe that a childhood dream had been realized.
"It is such an honour to be selected to the National Team. I’ve dreamt about playing on Team Canada since I was very young so this is so surreal to me. I’m so unbelievable excited to be a part of this amazing program and to continue to grow as a volleyball player."
Brianna immediately acknowledged that, although she made the team as an individual she was extremely fortunate in all the people that helped her along the way.
"I also want to say a huge thank you to everyone that has supported me and believed in me along the way, " the Earl Marriot Secondary and soon to be UBC Okanagan grad said. "To Mark and Moira Cassell and the Heat Coaching staff, thank you for everything, I wouldn’t be the player I am today without all of you."
The coaches she acknowledges are: Steve Manuel, two time CIS coach of the year, who along with Becki Kosinski, Karl Enns, and Jackie Toews were on the bench for Brianna's entire five year run at UBC Okanagan. Randy Goodman, Dr. Shauna Taylor, and Tammy Thomas are among some of the others to coach during that time. The Cassels were instrumental in the early development of Brianna, they coached her on the Seaside Volleyball Club and at Earl Marriot.
Just the second athlete to hit that status at UBC Okanagan, the fifth year outside hitter from Surrey, BC, has finished her classes in April and will be conferred this June with a Bachelors degree in Human Kinetics, she has played her entire five years at UBC Okanagan in the CIS.
Beamish will join Kelowna Secondary product, Marisa Field, on the national team. Field played volleyball at the Kelowna campus for the Lakers in 2004/05 and 2005/06 and are the only two athletes that played varsity at the Okanagan institution and went on to represent their country on the highest level, in their sport.
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Women’s Senior National Team Selection Complete
Volleyball Canada has selected the long list of players for the Women’s Senior A National Team.
"We are excited about the good mix of veteran players and a lot of new talent coming up through the system," said Head Coach Arnd (Lupo) Ludwig. "We’re excited to be back training at the centre in Winnipeg, and it’s with renewed enthusiasm that we will be preparing for the FIVB World Grand Prix next month."
The women’s team will also compete at the NORCECA Pan Am Cup in Santo Domingo from June 30 to July 11.
Not only is Brianna's selection a landmark for the women's volleyball program but Brianna is a historic student athlete at UBC Okanagan. She was part of the first class of athletes to have completed their entire years of eligibility and have only competed for the Heat in Canada West and CIS competition.
Her five year Heat career ended on the court in March with her team establishing a series of institutional firsts, culminating in a CIS National Bronze Medal in Brandon, MB.
The Heat women’s volleyball team was also the first CIS team to compete at a national championship, first to play in a Canada West championship game, first to host a Canada West championship, and a first to win the Canada West regular season outright, with a record 22 win season.
Through her 98 regular season match career with the Heat, Brianna Beamish owns a career stat line of 847 kills, 102 total blocks, 75 service aces, and 980 points. Brianna’s second at UBC Okanagan in career kills and points trailing just Alex Basso (892 kills, 1015.5 pts)–2008-12.
Members of Team Canada
Megan Cyr, Winnipeg, MB
Dani Smith, Beaverlodge, AB
Katia Forcier, Notre-Dame-de-L'Ile Perrot, QC
Mariah Walsh, Calgary, AB
Courtney Baker, Bridgewater, NS
Tabi Love, Dauphin, MB
Shanice Marcelle, Victoria, BC
Michaela Reesor, Caledon, ON
Brianna Beamish, Surrey, BC
Alissa Coulter, Calgary, AB
Marie-Sophie Nadeau, St-Aimé, QC
Charlotte Sider, Port Rowan, ON
Danielle Brisebois, Caledon, ON
Elizabeth Wendel, Caronport, SK
Marie-Alex Bélanger, St-Alphonse-Rodriguez, QC
Shainah Joseph, Ottawa, ON
Natasha Calkins, Calgary, AB
Alina Dormann, Ottawa, ON
Lucy Charuk, Tsawwassen, BC
Marisa Field, Kelowna, BC
Jennifer Cross, Scarborough, ON
Alicia Perrin, Creston, BC
Ciara Hanly, Calgary, AB
Alica Ogoms, Winnipeg, MB
Kristen Moncks, Standard, AB
Jessie Niles, Turner Valley, AB
Alison Mckay, Port Moody, BC
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