Nipissing University to Host the OVA’s Indoor High Performance Programs

Friday, November 23, 2012   by: Chris DawsonNipissing University to Host the OVA’s Indoor High Performance Programs

Nipissing University Athletics is pleased to announce that it has partnered with the Ontario Volleyball Associations (OVA) to host its Indoor High Performance Programs in the summer of 2013.

“We are very impressed with everything Nipissing University has to offer. The courts are spacious, the workout facilities are first class, the residences are beautiful and the staff and community are very welcoming. I am extremely confident that North Bay will be a great home for our indoor high performance programs“, said Jason Trepanier, OVA Technical Director.

Nipissing University will host the High Performance Centre (HPC), Canada Games and the 18U Provincial Team training.

The Canada Games teams are selected from open try-outs in May and will train for five (5) weeks leading up to Canada Games to be held in Sherbrooke, Quebec, August 1st to 8th.

The High Performance Centre (HPC) will run from the July 2nd to 7th. Athletes previously involved may get a direct invite to HPC and the OVA will hold an open try-out at the end of May where 45-50 athletes from each gender will be selected to attend.

The 18U Provincial Teams will consist of athletes selected from HPC and will return shortly after HPC ends to begin training for the National Team Challenge Cup being held in Winnipeg, Manitoba from July 16th to 21st.

“Nipissing University Athletics is very proud to be hosting such prestigious training events in our newly expanded athletic facilities,” said Director of Athletics Vito Castiglione.

“We look forward to welcoming the OVA, the athletes, coaches and parents to North Bay and we will do our very best to make this a memorable experience for all involved.”

Nipissing University has a rich tradition in volleyball that dates back to its humble beginnings in 1992 where the Education Centre Gymnasium was shared by the Lakers and Canadore Panthers. It has been a flagship program for the school winning 10 provincial medals on the women’s side and a historic silver medal for the men’s program last season. The volleyball teams have participated in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association for the better part of 20 years, however the programs will begin play in the OUA in 2013.

“Not only is this a great day for Nipissing, it’s a great day for the North Bay community,” said Nipissing women’s volleyball head coach Marc LaRochelle.

“Having these high profile training events in our community will inspire the next generation of volleyball athletes to strive for their athletic dreams. I believe our state of the art training facilities, residences and northern hospitality will go a long way to creating a long lasting positive experience for all involved.”

Nipissing Athletics has experienced some tremendous growth over the last few years adding a $30 million expansion to its now state of the art athletic facilities as well as adding a men’s (2009) and women’s hockey program (2013) to its existing varsity line-up which includes, Volleyball, Soccer, Cross Country and Nordic Skiing. All varsity sports will now play in the OUA.

Nipissing is entering a new exciting chapter and training events such as this will help raise the profile of the University as well as the North Bay community.

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