The Final Page of an Impressive Volleyball Career
Volleyball Canada – After joining the women’s national team in 2009, attending two world championships, seven Pan Am Cups and playing in over 100 international games, Brittney Pagehas announced her retirement from an incredible career in women’s volleyball.
Page, who has captained Canada’s Women’s National Team since 2012, is now looking forward to starting a new chapter in her life.
“I’m in an interesting place in my life right now as I ease of out being a professional athlete,” said Page. “It’s exciting doing seemingly normal stuff now!”
Page grew up in Vernon, B.C. where she started playing volleyball at age 14 because she wanted to be like her older sister.
Page played for Vernon and Kelowna Volleyball Clubs at the local level, and got her first taste of international competition when she played for the national youth and junior teams where she developed her Olympic dream.
“My club coaches really helped to shape me as a player at an impressionable age,” said Page as she reflected on the past. “I was fortunate to grow up in the Okanagan where I had very talented coaches all throughout club, including Steve Manuel and Chris Densmore, who are still working with volleyball at an elite level.”
“I adored my grade seven club coach Lyn McPherson,” Page continued. “She opened my eyes as to how empowering it was to be a young female on a sports team, which is often not always recognized as a reason to be a part of sport but in retrospect kind of shaped who I am today.”
Page went on to play collegiate volleyball for the Eastern Washington Eagles before embarking on an impressive career that took her around the world.
Page competed professionally for teams in China, Italy, Austria, Spain, Finland, Belgium, and Germany and is now looking forward to staying close to home.
“I’ve recently moved back to Kelowna to be closer to my family,” said Page. “It’s a huge change and difference in my life to have that support so close.”
On the international stage, Page has attained numerous achievements including a 17th place finish at the 2014 FIVB World Championships, two Pan Am Games appearances (2011 and 2015), and three NORCECA appearances including a fourth place finish in 2013. (The women’s team did not qualify for the 2016 Olympics after a fourth place finish at the NORCECA Qualification tournament early this year).
“I’m trying to keep my options open and doing a lot of new things,” said Page as she looks to an unknown future. “I know volleyball and sport in general will always be a part of my life in some way, I don’t necessarily want to coach but I always stay involved on a local level and with the national team.”
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Article by Ben Lungo