National Excellence Program restarts in Gatineau
August 28, 2020: Volleyball Canada’s National Excellence Program (NEP) for men starts on September 2 in Gatineau, Quebec.
“The NEP has restarted with a targeted group of athletes, which includes national team members as well as invited university or younger athletes,” said head coach Dan Lewis. “After a modified training season and the cancellation of most competitions due to the pandemic, we are excited to get back into the gym with this talented group of players.”
The program will run to December at the Centre sportif de Gatineau, with the possibility of extension depending on several factors, including local health guidelines.
The National Excellence Program is designed to prepare athletes to perform at the highest level of our sport and to continue their development towards the national senior team and/or playing professional volleyball.
The women’s program begins the following week in Richmond, B.C. A full list of participants and more information will be announced shortly.
Gabriel Chancy, Montreal, QC
Mikael Clegg, Selkirk, MB
TJ Sanders, London, ON
Erik Siksna, Markham, ON
Samuel Cooper, Hamilton, ON
Zac Hutcheson, Amherstview, ON
Aaron Elser, Calgary, AB
Jason DeRocco, Winnipeg, MB
Braedon Friesen, Swift Current, SK
Xander Ketrzynski, Toronto, ON
Matthew Neaves, Calgary, AB
Lucas VanBerkel, Edmonton, AB
Fynnian McCarthy, Lake Country, BC
Jackson Bere, Toronto, ON
Jordan McConkey, Stratford, ON
Luis Lange, Calgary, AB
Justin Lui, Pickering, ON
Jordan Pereira, St. Catharines, ON
Head coach: Dan Lewis
Assistant coach: Ian Eibbitt
Performance analyst: Lionel Bonnaure
Strength coaches: Michael Cook and Louis-Jean Tremblay
Sport dietitian: Erik Sesbreno
Mental performance coach: Kyle Paquette
Athletic therapist: Melissa Healy
Team manager: Cassandra Nicol
Media contact: Jackie Skender