Road to tokyo

Professional career

MY TEAMMATES

The things you are passionate about are not random; they are your calling.

My mom started coaching me in Volleyball when I was in about grade 3. My elementary school team was also the bulk of my highschool and club teams - so you could say we spent a few years together.

Mom coached us all the way through until my grade 12 club year when I decided to go into Vancouver and play for BCO. In grade 8, I made Team BC Summer Games with a broken arm (extra padding?!) which I guess to say started up my volleyball career.  In grade 10 and 11, I played for the Junior National Team during the summers, where I experienced my first international competitions!  In my grade 12 year, I played for Team BC because our Junior National Team had missed the Jr. World Championships Qualification by 1 place the year before, and therefore didn’t have a program that summer.  After I finished with Team BC I went to train with the Team Canada A team for a few weeks.  Luckily my Junior National team setter was with me so the transition wasn't as intimidating.  Mia, a Japanese coach who was with the program for a number of years, was coaching at the time and all I remember was practicing in Lipsett Hall and sucking wind during touch-10 across 2 and a half courts. I was practicing with National Team studs such as Larissa Cundy, Annie Levesque, Emily Cordonier, and Steph Penner just to name a few. As frightening as it was for 18-year-old-me to be thrown in to practices with the A team, I learned a lot during those weeks of training and those players really demonstrated what it took and meant to be a part of Team Canada.  

In 2008 after high school, I joined the powerful UBC Thunderbirds team where we ended up winning 5 straight National CIS Championships in a row. Before we won the first National Championship, the Tbirds hadn’t won since 1978, coincidentally when my mom was on the team. That was a pretty special moment; she had brought her gold medal to the match and was in the stands when we broke the “curse” in Moncton back in 2008. After my first year at UBC, I was playing on the Senior National Team and have competed with them every summer since then. I then began my professional adventure and career after I graduated from UBC in the fall of 2012; my first stint was in Potsdam, Germany in 2012-2013 and the following year (2013-2014) I played for a team in Istanbul, Turkey. My third year started in the land of espresso and pasta to take on the Italian Volleyball League with my new club team in Urbino (2014-2015) but unfortunately due to some financial problems with the club, I had to transfer to a strong club team in Germany to finish out my year (Rote Raben in Vilsbiburg). Since then I have also played in Baku, Azerbaijan (2015-2016), Athens, Greece (2016-2017) and this past year I took on Indonesia (2017-2018) where we became the Proliga Champions. This is currently my third quadrennial on The National Team which equates to 10 straight years on the senior team, minus one summer a few years ago that I took off to relax and coach Team BC. Team Canada cycles in quadrennials where the 3rd year is Olympic Qualifications and the last year is the Olympics. That’s my dream – it always has been. Now that I am an older, more experienced player, I understand how difficult it is to make it to the Olympics. However, the team we have right now has HUGE potential. The dream has never felt so close. 


Career

2009-present: TEAM CANADA SENIOR NATIONAL VOLLEYBALL TEAM

2017 – 2018: Indonesia - Jakarta Pertamina Energy 

2016 – 2017: GREECE - PANATHINAIKOS

2015 – 2016: AZERBAIJAN - AZERYOL BAKU

2015: GERMANY - VILSBIBURG ROTE RABEN

2014 – 2015: ITALY - URBINO 

2013 – 2014: TURKEY – YEŞILYURT SPOR KULÜBÜ

2013: GERMANY – SC POTSDAM

2008 – 2012: MEMBER OF UBC WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL TEAM

  • 5 times CIS National Champions

  • MVP – 2009 and 2012 CIS Championships

  • Canada West & CIS Player of the Year 2012

  • Winner of the Sandy Silver Volleyball Award and Ray Lepp Award (Volleyball BC – top female athlete)

  • 1st team All-Star – 2009, 2011, 2012

  • 2nd team All Star – 2010 – missing half the CIS regular season to compete in World Championships with Team Canada

  • 3-time winner of UBC Team of the Year – 2008, 2009, 2010

  • Sport BC Team of the Year 2010

  • Academic All Canadian – 2010-11, 2011-2012

  • 2012 UBC Graduating Female Athlete of the Year

  • 2014: UBC 2009 - 2010 team inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame


International Matches

MY TOURNAMENTS:  (105 INTERNATIONAL MATCHES WITH THE SENIOR NATIONAL TEAM)

2009

  • Canada vs. Peru Exhibition Series - Winnipeg, Canada

  • NORCECA 3rd Round World Championship Qualification Tournament – Caguas, Puerto Rico

  • XXV FISU World University Games – Belgrade, Serbia

2010

  • IX Pan American Cup – Baja, Mexico

  • South American Tour – Peru & Argentina

  • Canada vs. Cuba Exhibition Series – Winnipeg, Canada

  • FIVB World Championships – Osaka, Japan

2011

  • XVI Pan American Games – Guadalajara, Mexico

  • NORCECA Championships – Caguas, Puerto Rico

  • Canada vs. Netherlands Exhibition Series – Ontario, Canada

  • X Pan American Cup – Juarez, Mexico

  • Canada vs. Argentina Exhibition Series - Winnipeg & Brandon, Canada

2012

  • Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament – Tijuana, Mexico

  • XI Pan American Cup – Juarez, Mexico

2013

  • XII Pan American Cup – Iquitos, Peru

  • XXVII FISU World University Games – Kazan, Russia

  • NORCECA Continental Championships – Omaha, Nebraska

2014

  • World Championship Qualifiers – Mississauga, Ontario

  • XIII Pan American Cup – Mexico City, Mexico

  • Grand Prix – Lima, Peru & Leuven, Belgium & Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Slovenia Exhibition Series – Slovenia

  • XVII World Championships – Trieste, Italy

2015

  • Puerto Rico Exhibition Series – Calgary, Canada

  • NORCECA Champions Cup – Cuba

  • XIV Pan American Cup – Peru

  • World Grand Prix – Puerto Rico & Argentina

  • Pan Am Games – Toronto, Canada

  • NORCECA Championships – Mexico

2017

  • USA vs. Canada Exhibition Series – California

  • XV Pan American Cup – Peru

  • Grand Prix – Argentina, Puerto Rico, Vancouver

  • World Championship Qualifier – Langley, B.C.

2018

  • Volleyball Nations League Qualifiers – Edmonton, Calgary

  • XVI Pan American Cup – Dominican Republic

  • FIVB World Championships – Sapporo, Japan