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Every Friday on the Petro-Canada Fuels Athletes page, we feature one of the recipients of the Petro-Canada Fuelling Athlete and Coaching Excellence (FACE™) grant program. Bump, set and spike your way into the weekend with today’s FACE™ Friday athlete, Volleyball player Kiera Van Ryk. Kiera’s interest in Volleyball started early - “being the youngest sister, I was always dragged to my older sister's sporting events. At five years old, I was in the gym watching and learning the game of Volleyball. Any chance I could get my hands on the ball during the games, I would jump right in.”
Kiera’s competitive spirit served her well throughout her junior career - after high school, she turned down offers from several schools in the U.S. to stay in Canada and play for the UBC Thunderbirds, saying “I just felt like Canada was the best place to learn and have an impact as early as I can.” As a young athlete, Kiera always looked up to Canada’s national team; one of her dreams came true when she made the team last year! Since then, Kiera played for Canada in international tournaments; she also still plays with the UBC Thunderbirds and in March, Kiera was named Canada West Player of the Year.
With the Tokyo 2020 Games coming up next year, Kiera’s working towards her next goal: Olympian. Let Kiera know you’ll cheering for her and the team in the comments. Go Canada go!
Always put your best foot forward in what ever sport you play. #seewhatshecando
RT @VBallCanada Volleyball Canada announces 2020 host cities for 14U @VCNationals! 🙌
More info: https://t.co/4vRWkvd3yg
#VCNats2020 #Pipeline2Podium https://t.co/S5TPVkibhN
Regrann from @seewhatshecando - Digs, defence and determination describe just some of the @ova_updates rep #volleyball play @seewhatshecando had the chance to watch in Milton Ontario in February 2018. Congrats to the U15 @waterdownraidersvc who allowed us to follow their games and capture some great game moments. Well done ladies. #seewhatshecando #ontariovolleyball #ontariovolleyballassociation - #regrann
Volleyball for Kids Grades 3 and Up! Get into Volleyball with Leaside Volleyball League on Sundays! https://www.leasidevolleyball.ca/leaside-volleyball-league1.html
“It’s a dream come true for both of us,” said Sarah Pavan.
Melissa Humana-Parades and Sarah Pavan are World Champions and have booked their ticket to the Tokyo Olympics after a memorable performance in the gold medal match of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships Hamburg 2019. Post-match interview: https://youtu.be/DDrWvZ8lnSI
Humana-Paredes (Toronto, ON) and Pavan (Kitchener, ON) beat Alix Klineman and April Ross of the United States in the final 23-21, 23-21.
Amazing feat 🇨🇦
Digs, defence and determination describe just some of the @ova_updates rep #volleyball play @seewhatshecando had the chance to watch in Milton Ontario in February 2018. Congrats to the U15 @waterdownraidersvc who allowed us to follow their games and capture some great game moments. Well done ladies. #seewhatshecando #ontariovolleyball #ontariovolleyballassociation
RT @ova_updates The Eastern Elite Invitational is back in Ontario! The 17U Girls tournament welcomes teams from Western Canada to the Maritime provinces and is another opportunity for teams to experience high-level competition with Provincials and Nationals just in view.
RT @CAAWS Congrats to #CDNSportAwards winners:
🏆@SarahPavan & Melissa Humana-Parades @melissa_hp10, summer team of the year
🏆Marielle Thompson @bigairmar, female winter athlete of the year
🏆@Bandreescu_, female summer athlete of the year, & performance of the year
RT @ParaVolley Canada 🇨🇦 - Peru 🇵🇪
#LIMA2019 women’s #sittingvolleyball BRONZE medal 🥉 match @Paralympics
Set 1: 25-7 🇨🇦
Set 2: 25-14 🇨🇦
Set 3: 25-14 🇨🇦
Canada 🇨🇦 wins BRONZE 🥉 at #Lima2019 https://t.co/UXzdlddmld
RT @VBallCanada #PanAmCup Canada's women's team opens the tournament with five-set loss to Argentina 2-3 (25-27 25-23 25-21 23-25 19-17)...
Canada plays Cuba tomorrow.#NORCECA
Check the schedule and stats here: https://t.co/3379cce8Gx https://t.co/uPQozirp7x
RT @VBallCanada "It's a dream come true for both of us." Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes are World Champions 🥇 after a 2-0 win over the U.S.
They are the first Canadian #beachvolleyball team to ever achieve this feat & if that's not enough, they locked up their #Tokyo2020 qualification! https://t.co/cjbTpApGpQ
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