Team Canada hosts sitting volleyball clinics in Vancouver from March 13-15

    VANCOUVER, March 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Volleyball Canada is presenting three
free drop-in sitting volleyball clinics in Vancouver from Thursday, March 13
until Saturday, March 15, 2008.
    Several national team members and recruits will be onsite running drills
and providing technical tips and strategies to the clinic participants at the
sessions, developed in collaboration with Optimum Volleyball, the Vancouver
Park Board, G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre, and Eric Hamber Secondary
    "Initiatives and partnerships like this play a big part in the
development of sitting volleyball in Canada," said José Rebelo, head coach of
the national men's sitting volleyball team. "It's especially important for us
as players and coaches to support these types of grassroots activities, seeing
as sitting volleyball is so new in Canada."
    Able-bodied and disabled athletes, coaches and sports fans are invited to
attend the free clinics.
    "The Canadian Paralympic Committee is actively encouraging the
development of sporting opportunities for all athletes. Canada needs to
develop a seamless and supportive athlete development system, through which
athletes can progress if they wish to the elite level," said CPC President
Carla Qualtrough. "Clinics like these should lead to more Canadians with a
physical disability becoming more active, and could help lead to a broad base
of sitting volleyball athletes."
    Volleyball Canada has been running clinics for three weeks and so far we
has had over 40 participants.

    The Team Canada clinics are scheduled as follows:

    March 13: Sitting Volleyball - A Sport Without Boundaries!

    - 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. at G.F. Strong Rehab Centre Gymnasium, 4255 Laurel
      Street, Vancouver.
    - Part of the regularly-scheduled Train and Play clinics at the
      G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre, which take place every Thursday from
      7 p.m. - 9 p.m. until March 27. All are welcome to attend.
    - Presented in partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

    March 14: Team Canada Kids, Coaches and Teachers Drop-in Clinic!

    - 2 p.m. -4 p.m. at Eric Hamber Secondary Gymnasium, 5025 Willow St,
    - Special session targeting mainly kids, teachers and coaches, but others
      are more than welcome to attend.
    - Presented in partnership with the Vancouver School Board.

    March 15: Team Canada Super Saturday Drop-in Clinic!

    - 2 p.m. -4 p.m. at Windermere Secondary Gymnasium, 3155 E. 27th Avenue,
    - Kick-off of the six-week-long Train and Play session as a part of the
      Get Up and Go! program. All are welcome to attend.
    - Presented in partnership with Vancouver Park Board.

    For more information about these and other Train and Play sitting
volleyball clinics in Vancouver, please visit

    To find out more about the sport of sitting volleyball, go to than)=en-CA.

    About Canadian Paralympic Committee

    The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) is a non-profit, charitable,
private organization that is recognized by the International Paralympic
Committee (IPC). The CPC delivers programs that strengthen the Paralympic
Movement in Canada, including sending Canadian teams to the Paralympic Games.
The CPC empowers persons with physical disabilities, through sport, at all
levels. For more information, visit

For further information:

For further information: Phil Allen, Volleyball Canada technical
coordinator, (613) 748-5681 ext. 230, (613) 296-5558,;
Travis Dodds, Optimum Volleyball co-founder and coach, (778) 329-7040,; Norma Reveler, Canadian Paralympic Committee
media relations, (613) 569-4333, ext. 227,

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