Men's Volleyball Centre
The men’s national indoor training centre is based at the Centre Sportif in Gatineau, Québec.
Launched at this location in 2009, the National Excellence Program (formerly called Full-Time Training Center or FTC) focuses on preparing athletes for international-level training and competition.
Senior team athletes who are playing professionally in international leagues join the full-time training group in late spring for team tryouts before the summer of national team competitions.
The Centre Sportif gymnasium features a centre court and can accommodate up to three volleyball courts at once. The floor is made of Taraflex material and the ceiling clearance is 9.5 metres.
The facility can house up to 1000 fans - 500 in permanent seats and 500 in movable stands - allowing Canada to host exhibition matches and NORCECA age-class events at this location.
The men’s national team office is located within the building, as well as its treatment centre.
Volleyball Canada is proud that the men’s team finished fifth at the 2016 Olympic Games and is working toward building a team for the next Olympics in Tokyo 2020. The program head coach (beginning in May 2017) is Stephane Antiga.
For more information, please contact Frank Boyer, men’s indoor team manager.
Full-Time Training Centre Athletes
The purpose of FTC is to enhance the long-term objective of identifying, selecting and developing a group of athletes with the ability or potential for qualifying for the 2018 World Championship and the 2020 Olympics, as well as performing well in the 2016-2020 quadrennial. The full-time training centre focuses on graduated CIS/CCAA athletes to prepare them for international level of training and eventually competition.
There are currently 13 athletes in the FTC for the 2016-2017 season, coached by Vincent Pichette:
- CJ Gavlas (Saskatoon, SK)
- Josh McKay (Winnipeg, MB)
- Josh Edwards (Kingston, ON)
- Jesse Elser (Calgary, AB)
- Andrew McWilliam (Dutton, ON)
- Brook Sedore (Grande Prairie, AB)
- Arthur Szwarc (Toronto, ON)
- Mike Tomlinson (Stratford, ON)
- Jim Bell (Surrey, BC)
- Casey Knight (Salt Spring Island, BC)
- Sharone Vernon (Scarborough, ON)
- Tyler Koslowsky (Abbotsford, BC)
- Jordan Or (Burnaby, BC)