Thibeault selected for Volleyball Canada’s national teams

A Sylvan Lake athlete has been selected for Volleyball Canada’s Women’s National A and B teams following a 49-player camp in late May.

A Sylvan Lake athlete has been selected for Volleyball Canada’s Women’s National A and B teams following a 49-player camp in late May.

Jaimie Thibeault, a middle, has been training Team Canada’s Women’s Volleyball Centre at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. She’s one of nine athletes training in the Full Time Training Centre.

The purpose of the centre “is to enhance the long-term objective of identifying, selecting and developing a group of athletes with ability or potential for qualifying for the 2016 Olympics as well as performing well in the 2013-2016 quadrennial”, according to its website.

Thibeault and the other 33 athletes selected for the National A and B teams will train together for a month. In late June the A team will officially be selected and the B team will return to their hometowns.

The A squad will then continue training and compete in some exhibition matches against Team Argentina in Winnipeg from July 7-10. Both Team Canada and Team Argentina will be preparing for the Pan Am Cup in Mexico, a qualification event for the 2013 World Grand Prix, which they will both be leaving for on July 11.

Thibeault was one of six athletes chosen who competed at the 2011 FISU (International University Sports Federation) Games in Shenzhen China last summer.