Volleyball Canada’s First National Excellence Program for Women
RICHMOND, B.C., Canada, December 19, 2020 - Volleyball Canada’s
first National Excellence Program, which included identified
high school age athletes in a full-time training atmosphere
based in Richmond, B.C., wrapped up this week.
“We are proud to have brought top talent to our daily training
environment to develop their technical, tactical and body
management skills,” said Shannon Winzer, head coach of the NEP
program. “Through hard work and adaptability, our athletes and
staff were able to stay agile throughout the changes in
restrictions during the pandemic and were committed to improving
in all areas.”
The program began in September based at the Richmond Olympic
"I wish all the athletes best of luck as they continue their
athletic and academic careers,” said Winzer.
"NEP has been an amazing experience to train with some of the
best coaches," said Jenna Pollock of St. Catharines, Ontario.
"Working with the top 16 athletes in the country (in our age
group) gives us the ability to raise our play to a whole new
level. Especially with the current COVID-19 restrictions, the
ability to train for the past four months has been the best
experience I could have asked for and I’m so grateful for the
The National Excellence Program is slated to run again in 2021.
Volleyball Canada will host an online selection process, which
will begin in late January with selections completed in late
"A huge thank you to all of our partners and supporters,
including the Provincial and Territorial Associations that
invested in the success of this program and the future of
women's volleyball in Canada," said Dawna Sales, Director of
Coach and Athlete Pathways. "We'd also like to thank all 10 of
our homestay families that hosted our athletes over the past
four months, and the Richmond Olympic Oval for making training
possible in a safe, high performance environment."