WOLFVILLE, N.S. - With the beginning of the 2017 Canada Summer Games only days away, Acadia Athletics celebrates the participation of two student-athletes from the women's volleyball program.
Third year outside hitter Micaela Sabean will play for Team Nova Scotia's beach volleyball team, while first year Ontario native Lucy Glen-Carter will join Team Ontario's squad on the court.
The newly minted teammates won't be competing directly, but they will do their best in representing their home province.
From Bridgewater, N.S., Sabean will be participating in the Canada Games forum for the first time. Sabean has spent most of her early years, prior to joining the Axewomen in 2015, within Volleyball Nova Scotia's provincial developmental programs.
Sabean has experience with several Nova Scotia court volleyball teams for the last four years. Playing two years at the 15U level where she competed at the Eastern Elite Championships. This was followed by two seasons with the 17U program, of which she competed again at the Eastern Elite Championships and the National Team Challenge Cup in her final year of 17U.
Selection of the Nova Scotia Canada Games beach volleyball team began last year with an open tryout for any athletes interested in being selected. While the tryout was individual, the program's coaches were aware of partnerships that had developed over previous seasons.
From that tryout, a core group of athletes was selected and trained all summer, which included competition at the Atlantic and National Championships. At the end of the summer, a trial tournament was held and by winning the tournament, Sabean and her partner were selected to the Canada Games Beach Volleyball team.
Lucy Glen-Carter, from Toronto, Ont., will join the Axewomen this fall as an outside hitter. Glen-Carter has played for Team Ontario for four consecutive years and was first selected for Team Ontario Region 5 in 15U age category. That season her team was crowned as the 2014 Ontario Winter Games champions.
The following year, Glen-Carter was selected for Team Ontario 16U, and travelled to Vancouver where she won the National Team Challenge Cup against all the other provincial 16U teams. At the end of that tournament, Glen-Carter was selected to the Team Canada Youth team and trained in Whistler, B.C. during the summer of 2015.
In 2016, Glen-Carter was selected for Team Ontario 17U, and participated in the USA High Performance Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, taking bronze in the 18U age category. She was also invited to the Team Canada Junior selection camp.
All top 18U and 17U Ontario players were part of a high-performance selection process over the course of the year. During the season, the Team Ontario coaches attended tournaments, and players were evaluated for technical and tactical skills based on the highest national standards for our age category. We also underwent physical testing.
After this past season, Team Ontario staff narrowed down over 100 evaluations to an invite-only 18U selection camp for 36 players held at McMaster university over two days. From that, a roster of 12 players and 3 alternates were selected for Team Ontario Canada Games. Glen-Carter was selected and will help represent Ontario at the coming Canada Games.
When both athletes were asked what they hoped to take away from the Canada Games experience and if they were excited, both had similar responses.
"I am extremely excited to be playing at Canada Games. I am excited to compete against the top teams from across the country in hopes of bringing home a medal," said Sabean.
"I hope to meet lots of new people not only in my sport or from Nova Scotia, but also all of the other athletes attending the games," pointed out Sabean. "I hope that the games provide me with an opportunity to play my best volleyball and really develop as an athlete."
"I'm thrilled to be playing for Team Ontario Canada Games this year. I feel very lucky and privileged. When I visited Acadia in January, Michelle Wood talked about her experiences as Head Coach of Team Ontario in the last Canada Games cycle, and what a unique opportunity it was. After hearing that I really wanted to be selected. It's the pinnacle of amateur youth sport in Canada," commented Glen-Carter.
"I think most of all, it's a chance to play with and against the best Canadian 18U athletes in volleyball," added Glen Carter.
The 2017 Canada Summer Games Volleyball competitions begin on Sunday, August 30th and run until Monday, August 14.
Sabean will begin on Sunday, Aug 30th 5:00 pm (CT) as she and her partner Tori Haworth (Waverly, N.S.) take on PEI's Haley Wilting and Laura Ready in beach volleyball.
Glen-Carter's Team Ontario is slated to take on Team Northwest Territories in the opening game of indoor volleyball at 9:00 am (CT) on Monday, Aug. 7th.
Scores updates can be found at the official Canada Games website at https://canadagames.ca/2017