Hello Powercat supporters! It’s #6, Brianna Beamish here. If you haven’t seen the previous blog, it explains that I made the roster for the World Championships with Team Canada! Throughout the tournament I’ll try to keep you updated on how the experience is going. It’s my first time at the World Championships, so I think it will be pretty special!
We have a very tough pool with Turkey, Italy, China, Bulgaria, and Cuba. So, this summer we have been working hard to improve so we can make our goal of reaching the second round. First in May, we had the Norceca Challenge Cup, where we placed second. In June, we had the Pan American Cup, where we made history for Canada and won a bronze medal. We also qualified for the Pan American games, which is like a North/South American Olympics! Lastly, in August we hit the road for 3 weeks for a European tour in Turkey & Italy, where we got to play several National teams!! Lots of training and hard work, but now we are ready for Worlds!
We landed on September 23rd and begun our pre-World’s training camp. We were hosted by the town of Shiwa, who did an excellent job of helping us prepare for the championship. Here we had 2 trainings per day, and video sessions in between. We won’t have a lot of time to scout our opponents during the tournament, so we are trying to get a lot of studying down now. We also played a Japanese men’s team. This wasn’t too strange for us, as we have been playing against men a lot this summer. It was a good experience playing against them, as it gave us one last chance to work on some things in a game situation!
Today was our last day in Shiwa, as we fly to our first World Championship location, Sapporo. We just had a workout this morning, and then we got the afternoon off from volleyball! We had the chance to meet a local kindergarten class who we “played” some volleyball with. They were adorable and sent us off in high spirits! We also got to tour around one of the local temples! It was nice to get to see a little of Japan before the start of the tournament, because I’m sure we will have no time once it starts!
Countdown is now 2 days until the start of Worlds!! Can’t wait!
Thanks for reading!