Blog: Being an Athlete is a 24/7 Job

Blog: Being an Athlete is a 24/7 Job

Should you get the pizza or the kale salad for lunch? Probably the salad. Why? Because the choices an athlete makes off the court can greatly impact how they perform on it.  Check out Sarah Pavan's new blog and recent article "Being an Athlete is a 24/7 Jobs: Making Good Choices" for her top choices an athlete can make that will affect their performance for the better!

Blog: Why I'm Not an Olympian

Blog: Why I'm Not an Olympian
 

They say hindsight is 20/20, which can be particularly helpful for an athlete looking to improve. Just ask Derek Thiessen. While watching the Mens Canadian Volleyball Team at the Rio Olympics last summer, he found himself feeling unexpectedly jealous of the players on the court. Some of which he had formerly played with while attending Trinity Western. In his two-part article "Why I'm Not an Olympian, But Here's How You Could Be", he reflects on this moment and his volleyball career. He then gives us some pointers on what you might do differently, whether it be in sports or other endeavours, so that you don't make the same mistakes he did.

CCAA: Marier Breaks OCAA All-Time Kill Record

CCAA: Marier Breaks OCAA All-Time Kill Record
 Keith Marier is in hi 4th year in the OCAA is now holds the all time kills and points record

Keith Marier is in hi 4th year in the OCAA is now holds the all time kills and points record

Editors note: Story was provided to Volleyball Source by fourth-year student althlete Ian MacAlpine who plays for the Algonquin Thunder

There’s a new name on top of two of the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men’s volleyball records. That name is Keith Marier, outside hitter for La Cité Collégiale Coyotes.

Marier broke the records for most career kills with his 788th and most career points with his 930th in a 3-0 loss on the road to North Bay’s Canadore Panthers on January 12. It’s his fourth season in the OCAA.

“It feels good to have broken the record for kills and points,” said 21-year old Marier. “It’s a way for me to see that my hard work is paying off.”

Marier grew up in the club volleyball system playing for the Ottawa Mavericks where he won a provincial silver medal in his final year. He played his post-secondary rookie season with the Algonquin Thunder but failed to put up good numbers offensively. After transferring to La Cité to be closer to home, Marier seemed to find his offensive touch. In his first season with the Coyotes, Marier set the single season OCAA record for kills with 346 and points with 404.

“I just found that passion for the game,” said Marier, captain of the Coyotes. “I found a leadership role on my team as well as a more natural position for myself and I just went with it.”

It only took him one kill in 2014 to break the record after tying it back on December 4 of last year against his former Algonquin Thunder team.

“I think the reason I’ve had success with my volleyball career so far is due to my passion for the game, my work ethic, countless hours of practice and honestly a little bit of luck to go with it all,” said Marier.

The Coyotes have failed to qualify for the provincial championships each of the last two years but Marier has been named an East Division all-star in both those seasons. The Coyotes currently hold a 1-10 record but Marier is sitting third in league scoring with 4.8 points per set.

“Keith is a very versatile player,” said La Cité head coach Alain Cyr-Russo. “He brings leadership, talent and heart to the team. He doesn’t play for himself and wants the best for the team.”

Kyle Donnan of Loyalist College held the former records with 787 kills and 929 points. Donnan, however, played five seasons while Marier hasn’t even finished his fourth. With seven games still remaining in La Cité’s regular season schedule, Marier will have ample opportunity to pad his records.

 “We are very thankful and happy to have a player as talented as Keith,” said Cyr-Russo. “We are proud of him and he represents our school very well. Hopefully something like this will bring more talented players to La Cité.”

Marier is set to graduate from his Respiratory Therapy program this Spring and doesn’t plan on coming back to use his fifth and final year of eligibility.

“I think it’s time to let the program grow without me on the court,” said Marier.

While Marier is happy being the holder of four OCAA records, he says he’d trade them all away for a championship in a heartbeat.

 

Guest Post: Maverick Hatch - A Different Start

Guest Post: Maverick Hatch - A Different Start

The start of this season has been an interesting one for sure, and I’m not just referring to the changes within the FIVB (mentioned in earlier posts). The first 7 months of the 2013 season (including this offseason) reminds me of my first few seasons on the beach flip-flopping from partner to partner on almost [...]

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Guest Post: Maverick Hatch - Post Shanghai GS

Guest Post: Maverick Hatch - Post Shanghai GS
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Here’s a blog I wrote while sitting in the Shanghai airport while waiting for my flight: Well we finished 25th, 2 points away from securing a win in pool play against the 1-seed (only due to being the host country) and advancing to the single elimination playoff rounds. Definitely tough to swallow but throughout the [...]

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Guest Post: Kristina Valjas - Fuzhou & Shanghai CHINA

Guest Post: Kristina Valjas - Fuzhou & Shanghai CHINA
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So much has happened since our victory in the Cayman Islands! Here's a quick recap:

We went directly to the next stop on the NORCECA tour in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic. We had some solid games in pool play but had a tough match in the quarter finals vs Mexico and ended up with a 5th place finish. Disappointing after such a successful previous tournament, but there was lots to learn from this experience, stuff that has made us a stronger team now having gone through that. 

We were home for two weeks, where we continued to train hard, and get organized for our trip to China. This included getting our Chinese visas and lots of food (camping meals, protein bars, oatmeal, nuts, etc). Our suitcases were pretty heavy! 

Read more over at Kristina Valjas' blog.

Guest Post: Maverick Hatch - Stormy Shanghai

Guest Post: Maverick Hatch - Stormy Shanghai

Qualifier morning here in Shanghai. The weather is the worst, rainy and extremely windy. Our qualification draw finds us matched up against the 3rd ranked Brazilians (Thiago/Hevaldo) on Court 1 at 10:40am local time (7:40pm Monday in Vancouver) with the winner meeting either Austria or Ukraine in the final round. Click here for online streams [...]

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Guest Post: Josh Binstock - Here we go again

<span>Guest Post:</span> Josh Binstock - Here we go again

Where to begin? A lot has happened since my lost blog post. I’ll quickly recap on this post Olympic off-season before I get into the upcoming season. The whole Olympic experience was incredible and spectacular to say the least. I felt truly blessed and appreciative to have had the opportunity to represent my country on the world’s biggest stage at the world’s biggest event. I also felt blessed and grateful to have those closest to me there sharing it with me, a life changing experience that will be with me forever. Sharing that experience with Martin Reader was special as well. I couldn’t have asked for a better teammate and person to share that with. We spent almost every day with each other for a year and never got sick of each other. Sharing the Olympic experience together created a bond that is unique and can never be taken from us. We will be talking about that with each other when we are old and gray.

Read more over at Josh Binstock 's blog.

Guest Post: Kristina Valjas - Out with a bang!

Guest Post: Kristina Valjas - Out with a bang!
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It’s been a long, cold winter, but we managed to survive! We were so excited to get to go to the first event of the year, a NORCECA in the Cayman Islands. We were really looking forward to getting back outside and getting used to the heat and wind. Cayman definitely has it’s fair share of both!

Jamie and I arrived a week early to get used to the conditions. We also ran a two-day beach clinic for the local kids who are into playing indoor volleyball and want to check out what beach is all about. It was really fun getting to know everyone, we all had a fun time. 

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Guest Post: Josh Binstock - Recap of my Olympic experience

Ok, so much for my second blog post happening after my first  match, ha.  I did write down thoughts each day, but didn’t put them together as a finished product.  Therefore I took all my written notes and have compiled them in this post.  My schedule has been hectic since returning from London so opportunities to write have been few.   I returned home from London on the 13th of August and flew out to Vancouver the next day to compete in the national championships that weekend.  From Vancouver, I flew to Los Angeles to play in a tournament the next weekend on Manhattan Beach.  I then flew back to Toronto on Monday morning and was taken directly from the airport to Madawaska Volleyball Camp in Haliburton.  I spent just under 48 hours there, interacting with the volleyball campers before being taken to the Ottawa airport for a flight to Aspen for another tournament.  After Aspen, I played in a “Best of the Beach” style tournament in Las Vegas.  Since returning home, I have been catching up on emails, seeing friends and family, etc. along with trying to figure out which employment option is the best fit for me and appearing for talks and post Olympic functions.  Ok just wanted to catch you up on my schedule and what’s been happening.  Now onto the rest of my Olympic experience.

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Guest Post: Tori Cowley - 5th place finish at Nationals 2012!

Today brings the 2012 Beach Volleyball National Championships here at Spanish Banks to a close. With all of our top teams competing this past weekend (with the exception of Annie and Marie who just returned home from London), Jackie and I knew that every single match was going to be a fight. Not only was it a well run tournament but the weather lived up to beautiful Vancouver expectations! The tournament style was that of a double elimination process meaning that you could only lose twice before being knocked out.

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Guest Post: Martin Reader - The Stadium (dated blog but a new post)

The stadium

When we were competing in the Rome Grand Slam just over a month ago I visited the Coliseum. It had been a dream of mine for a long time as I view it as the origination of the spectacle of sport. Although people died back then, it was about the show, pleasing thousands of people with bravery, action and athleticism inspired by the will of the gladiators to survive. Luckily for me my life is not on the line here in London, however, while at the Coliseum I merged the two stadiums in my mind. The roar of the crowd after a powerful attack, the gasps after a brilliant dig or the fear as a lion was added to the mix (follow my Latvian friend Alexander “Lion King” @samoilovs to understand). People came from far and wide to catch the blood & action in the Coliseum and now in the 21st century people are doing the same in London to experience the power, finesse, athleticism and entertainment only the top beach volleyball athletes in the world can offer. At the Coliseum I breathed in the summer air with my eyes shut, chest up and took in the generations of epic battles to bring with me to London.

Read more over at Martin Reader 's blog.