On Thursday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Volleyball Canada announced four athletes nominated to represent Team Canada in beach volleyball at the TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games from July 10 to 26.
The men’s team includes Josh Binstock and Sam Schachter, both of Richmond Hill, Ontario, and the women’s team includes Melissa Humana-Paredes of Toronto, Ontario, and Taylor Pischke of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Binstock, a London 2012 Olympian, and Schachter have had an historic season already this year, picking up a silver medal at the Porec Major Series event in Croatia – the first such medal for a Canadian men’s beach team since 1997. As of June 15, the pair is ranked fourth on the FIVB World Tour.
Humana-Paredes and Pischke, currently ranked 10th in the world, are rising stars on the beach circuit. They are two-time bronze medallists at the FIVB World Under-23 Championships (2013, 2014) and won the NORCECA Championship last year. Humana-Paredes was also named Top Rookie of 2014 by the FIVB, the international governing body for volleyball.
The beach volleyball competition will take place July 13 – 21 at the Chevrolet Beach Volleyball Centre and includes two events: men’s and women’s.
The Beach Volleyball teams, which will represent Canada at the TORONTO 2015 Games, include:
Name / Hometown / Event
Josh Binstock / Richmond Hill, ON / Men’s Beach
Melissa Humana-Paredes / Toronto, ON / Women’s Beach
Taylor Pischke / Winnipeg, MB / Women’s Beach
Sam Schachter / Richmond Hill, ON / Men’s Beach
Position / Name / Hometown
Head Coach / Team Leader / Steve Anderson / Toronto, ON
Beach Team Assistant Coach / Adriana Bento / Toronto, ON
Team Performance Analyst / Chris Galbraith / Kingston, ON
Story and Photo from the Canadian Olympic Committee Website | Olympic.ca