For the 11th season in a row, the TRU men’s volleyball team holds its summer skills camp in Prince George.
The WolfPack have made this camp a tradition which has benefitted both their program and that of the Prince George Youth Volleyball club. This year’s camp is going Aug. 29-Sept. 1.
“The PG camp is an important part of our fundraising and our recruitment,” said WolfPack head coach Pat Hennelly. “Prince George has always had great volleyball and had a presence again this summer on Team BC and our Youth National training team (Cody Bolding).”
The WolfPack have had a number of Prince George players wear their uniform including Jordan Foot, who is going into his fourth season and assistant coach Spencer Reed. The most decorated TRU player who hails from Prince George is likely Colin Carson. Carson was the CIS Student/Athlete of the year in his final season with TRU and played for Canada’s Junior national team during his tenure at Thompson Rivers (2009-14).
“I’m sure the camp has helped improve the skill level of all the athletes in Prince George,” said PGYVC president Dan Drezet. “But I think the greater impact has been the influence these elite athletes have had on our local volleyball players.”
This year’s Prince George camp has a little greater significance because two of its former instructors and TRU WolfPack alumna are currently representing their countries at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Gord Perrin (Creston) is one of the top players with Team Canada. Kevin Tillie (Sur De Mer, France) is a member of Team France. Perrin was an instructor at the Prince George camp for three years from 2007-10. Tillie made an appearance both seasons he was a member of the WolfPack (2009 and 2010).
“Both Gord and Kevin were only here a short time but people in the community still talk about it,” Drezet said. “Both were obviously fan favorites here (also Tillies performance in a five-set victory vs. Alberta at UNBC during the preseason was simply amazing). I’m sure many people from the area will be cheering both of them on at the Olympics. Having such high level athletes come to PG each August has made the WolfPack camp one of the largest and most successful in the province. There is certainly no camp like it in northern British Columbia.”
Hennelly and his players are looking forward to returning to the College of New Caledonia and Duchess Park Secondary gyms later this month. “I am grateful for the work Dan and the PGYVC Club do in setting things up for us. It is something our players look forward to each year.”
Cost for the camp is $ 150 dollar per athlete. Registration forms are available from outside the PGYVC office at the College of New Caledonia. They can also be found on line at wwww.pgyvc.com. Camp info is posted on the front page of the website with a list of registered campers.
SIDE OUTS: Tim Flannigan and Graham Allard of Prince George were part of the TRU team which won a bronze medal at the 2008 CIS Volleyball Nationals.