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Canadian beach volleyball team nominated for Rio 2016

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. The schedule can be found here.

Team Canada expects to field a team of approximately 315 athletes.

Volleyball Canada is the National Sport Federation for indoor, beach and sitting volleyball. The Olympic nominated men’s indoor team will hold a media availability in Gatineau, Quebec this Friday, July 22.

The beach volleyball teams that will represent Canada at Rio 2016 includes:

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

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

Story and Photo from the Canadian Olympic Committee |