Canada is one of five teams vying for a spot at the Paralympics
Sport Nova Scotia, January 14, 2020 Photo Credit: Canadian Paralympic Committee
Halifax – From Feb. 26 to Feb. 29, 2020 Halifax will be hosting the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Sitting Volleyball Qualifier. This is a tournament that will result in the gold-medalist team travelling to Japan in the coming summer to compete in the Paralympic Games.
“We are so grateful to host this event. Through World ParaVolley, Volleyball Canada, and Volleyball Nova Scotia, we are all looking forward to a high – intensity tournament!” Says Jason Trepanier, Executive Director at Volleyball Nova Scotia, “There is so much on the line for all of the teams involved, but by having this event in Halifax, our Canadian team has home soil advantage! It’s going to be a Qualifier Tournament like no other.”.
This event is the first of its kind for Canada. Sitting volleyball is gaining traction and will be a big upcoming event in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. The teams participating in this year’s Paralympic Qualifier are: Canada, Ukraine, Slovenia, Finland and Germany. Pool play starts on Feb. 26 with games scheduled for 11am, 1pm, 5pm, and 7pm. The semi-finals and finals will be taking place on Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, Feb. 29.
“We are so excited to host this event in Halifax. It’s a big step in the right direction for inclusivity and positive competition in the Volleyball community.” Says Paul Tingley, Parasport Coordinator, Sport Nova Scotia, “This whole tournament further pushes the idea that anyone can play volleyball. It is a big accomplishment for the whole Volleyball Community; provincially and nationally.”.
This tournament will be a great community event. There is no cost for spectators to enjoy the matches, and everyone is welcome to come and support the Canadian team on their Paralympic Games journey.