A trip and adventure started as a dream in May of 2021 and being spiked last year - is finally set to go this week.
Almost two years ago after a season of practicing under Covid conditions with absolutely no game or tournament play, Coach Terri Spencer decided to reward the girls in a big way for their dedication and hard work and the big dream was to take them to Hawaii.
“I wasn't sure if it was possible to raise the funds we would need for such a huge endeavor, but our community came forward and supported us in a major way and we did it!”
The team and members fundraised with several different activities - selling beef jerky, a travelling toilet, a garage sale, a player services auction, and working the midway and grandstands for the fall fair two consecutive summers.
“The girls put their heads down and earned every penny needed to get to Oahu.”
The Transpacific Championship tournament runs from January 14-16, and will feature 72 16U teams, primarily from the Hawaiian islands, but also including some international teams from Canada and Mexico.
“We have no doubt that this will be some of the best competition we've ever seen. Volleyball is a major sport for the Hawaiian islands and we have been told that this tournament draws incredible crowds at all levels.”
Over the course of the last year and a half, the roster has changed. The original trip of January 2022 was postponed due to Covid restrictions.
“Which meant that we couldn't make the trip in a timely fashion as we intended. We have seen players move on to new sports or move out of the community and, as a result, we've added new players to the roster over the last year,” adds Spencer.
“We have a great group of nine girls who have worked hard and are really looking forward to the tournament.”
The team will depart this week on Jan. 11 for Honolulu.
“We have numerous amazing activities planned, such as an evening luau, a tour of the island including snorkelling with turtles, shopping at the world's largest outdoor mall, meeting up with a local team from Hawaii, and, of course, some much needed beach relaxation.”
The team will return to Canada on Jan. 18.
The roster is Amy Brett, Anneka Lekstrom, Arielle Spencer, Hannah Legault, Jasmine Vigar, Keira Heartt, Sophie Amano, Tessa Chipps, and Tyler Schmidt.