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Quebec Olympian Annie Martin is being honoured in her home province later this month as the latest inductee into the Volleyball Canada Hall of Fame. Martin joins four other recent inductees, who will be celebrated in Quebec City.

The ceremony, which is presented by NOTHERS – the Award Store, will take place at the Hilton, Quebec, on August 30 at 8 pm. Please contact Lucie Leclerc to purchase tickets to the ceremony ($20 each).

Annie Martin, athlete

Annie Martin played university volleyball with Sherbrooke Vert et Or from 2000 to 2005, winning two RSEQ conference championships (2002, 2005) and two national championships (2003, 2005).

At the same time, she was getting her start in international beach volleyball competition, playing her first FIVB tournament in 2002. Martin quickly made a name for herself on the sand! 

Domestically, Martin has five National Championships under her belt; three with Hall of Fame member Guylaine Dumont (2002, 2003, and 2004), one with Kara Zakrezewski (2006) and one with partner Marie-Andrée Lessard (2009).

With beach partner, Guylaine Dumont, the 22-year-old Martin finished fifth in the Athens Olympic Games, then Canada’s best finish at the Olympics in beach volleyball next to the 1996 men’s bronze medal. It turned out that wouldn’t be her only Olympic qualification though. Eight years later with a new partner (Lessard), Martin returned to the Olympic Games as her last tournament with the national team, finishing 19th in the event.

“I’m proud of myself for being able to persevere despite the obstacles and difficulties I faced. These experiences, both good and bad, are a part of my story. I’ve learned so much and have truly grown, not only as an athlete but as a person,” said Martin of her volleyball career.

Martin has since turned her attention to coaching in her hometown of Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Volleyball Canada media contact:
Jackie Skender
Mobile: 613.794.7676

Photo: CP Images/COC