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Beach Volleyball Nominees Have Sunny Approach to London 2012

Toronto– There was a definite spike in Olympic enthusiasm today as men’s and women’s beach volleyball teams battled it out on the beaches of Ashbridge’s Bay in competition for right to be nominated to the Canadian Olympic Team. When the sand had settled, the women’s team of Marie-Andrée Lessard and Annie Martin, and the men’s team of Josh Binstock and Martin Reader earned their nominations for London 2012.

“The Olympic Flame was ignited in me when I saw Sylvie Bernier dive at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 1984, and win the gold medal,” said Marie-Andrée Lessard. “I feel that Sylvie and I have come full circle now as I have qualified for the Olympic Games in London, and Sylvie will be there as our Assistant Chef de Mission. We had a tough Olympic qualifier and a really tough playoff today, but now Annie and I are ready to soar and surprise everyone!”

“Marie-Andrée and I have been partners for four years, and there have been a lot of ups and downs in those years, but now it’s only up,” said Annie Martin. “We thank Liz and Heather for working so hard with us at the Olympic Qualifier last month in Mexico. It is because of our work together that Canada earned a spot at the Games. I wish they were coming to London too.”

“Right now, I couldn’t be more excited,” said Josh Binstock. “I played hockey originally, and used to play with lots of emotion. Today, I brought that emotion with me on the beach volleyball court and it helped me. I have to congratulate our friends Ben Saxton and Cristian Redmann, who worked with us to earn Canada’s Olympic spot at the Qualifier – we wouldn’t be going to London without them.”

“We executed our plan perfectly, our position serving, big blocks and great defense,” said Martin Reader. “But we still have a lot of work to do, now with the Olympic Games ahead of us. Today was great with so many friends and family here – we felt really supported and it helped carry us to the win. We’re used to playing in front of hostile crowds – today was very different!”

“Talk about intensity, these guys had it all on the line today and came through with flying colours,” said Mark Tewksbury, London 2012 Chef de Mission for the Canadian Olympic Team. “Yet another example of grace under fire from Canadian athletes and another reason we love sport so much.”

“It’s been a long, hard road for these two teams,” said Hugh Wong, President of Volleyball Canada. “Travelling all over the globe and playing against the best teams in the world. They clearly demonstrated that they belong in the 2012 Olympic beach volleyball tournament by dominating their competition at the Continental Qualifier last month in Mexico, and by their wins today. We know that they will represent us well at the Olympic Games.”

“We are so close to the Games now and we continue to see outstanding levels of play from our athletes,” said Marcel Aubut, President of the Canadian Olympic Committee. “It is a great pleasure to welcome these four nominees to the ranks of the Canadian Olympic Team and I wish them all the best on the final road to London.”

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Backgrounder

The following list represents the 259 athletes nominated to the 2012 Canadian Olympic Team to date.

Athlete Hometown Sport Event(s)
1 Jennifer Abel Laval, Que. Diving Women’s 3m, 3m synchro
2 Natalie Achonwa Guelph, Ont. Basketball Women’s basketball
3 Mohammed Ahmed St. Catharines, Ont. Athletics 10,000m
4 Dylan Armstrong Kamloops, B.C. Athletics Shot put
5 Chelsea Aubry Kichener, Ont. Basketball Women’s basketball
6 Miranda Ayim London, Ont. Basketball Women’s basketball
7 Peter Barry Dunham, Que. Equestrian Eventing
8 Joe Bartoch London, Ont. Swimming 100m butterfly
9 Emily Batty Oshawa, Ont. Cycling Mountain Bike
10 Marie-Pier Beaudet Quebec, Que. Archery Women’s individual archery
11 Zach Bell Whitehorse, Y.T. Cycling Track
12 Meaghan Benfeito Montreal, Que. Diving Women’s 10m, 10m synchro
13 Hawley Bennett-Awad Murrayville, B.C. Equestrian Eventing
14 Gabe Bergen 100 Mile House, B.C. Rowing Men’s 8+
15 Arjan Bhullar Vancouver, B.C. Wrestling Men’s freestyle 120 kg
16 Josh Binstock Toronto, Ont. Beach Volleyball Men’s pairs
17 Melissa Bishop Eganville, Ont. Athletics 800m
18 Tyler Bjorn Montreal, Que. Sailing Men’s keelboat – star
19 Ellie Black Halifax, N.S. Gymnastics Artistic
20 Mélanie Blouin Quebec, Que. Athletics Pole vault
21 Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon Rivière-du-Loup, Que. Synchronized Swimming Duet, team
22 Michael Braithwaite Duncan, B.C. Rowing Men’s 2x
23 Nathan Brannen Cambridge, Ont Athletics 1,500m
24 Jacqueline Brooks Cedar Valley, ON Equestrian Dressage
25 Jeremiah Brown 100 Mile House, B.C. Rowing Men’s 8+
26 Alexandra Bruce Toronto, Ont. Badminton Women’s doubles
27 Ashley Brzozowicz London, Ont. Rowing Women’s 8+
28 Jason Burnett Toronto, Ont. Gymnastics Trampoline
29 Andrew Byrnes Toronto, Ont. Rowing Men’s 8+
30 Yann Candele Toronto, Ont. Equestrian Jumping
31 David Calder Victoria, B.C. Rowing Men’s 2-
32 Hilary Caldwell Surrey, B.C. Swimming 200m backstroke
33 Leah Callahan St. John’s, Alta. Wrestling Women’s freestyle 72 kg
34 Katrina Cameron Mississaugua, Ont. Gymnastics Artistic
35 Gillian Carleton Scarborough, Ont. Cycling Track
36 Candice Chapman Ajax, Ont. Soccer Women’s soccer
37 Samantha Cheverton Pointe-Claire, Que. Swimming 200m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle relay, 4x100m freestyle relay
38 Richard Clarke Toronto, Ont. Sailing Men’s keelboat – star
39 Ryan Cochrane Lac Beauport, Que. Canoe-Kayak K-2 1000m
40 Ryan Cochrane Victoria, B.C. Swimming 400m freestyle, 1500m freestyle
41 Karen Cockburn Toronto, Ont. Gymnastics Trampoline
42 Jared Connaughton Charlottetown, P.E.I. Athletics 200m
43 Gordon Cook Toronto, Ont. Sailing 49er
44 Reid Coolsaet Hamilton, Ont. Athletics Marathon
45 Rose Cossar Toronto, Ont. Gymnastics Artistic
46 Amy Cotton Antigonish, N.S. Judo -78kg
47 François Coulombe-Fortier Quebec, Que. Taekwondo +80kg
48 Will Crothers Kingston, Ont. Rowing Men’s 8+
49 Douglas Csima Oakville, Ont. Rowing Men’s 8+
50 Mark de Jong Calgary, Alta. Canoe-Kayak K-1 200m men
51 William Dean Kelowna, B.C. Rowing Men’s 4-
52 Alexandre Despatie Laval, Que. Diving Men’s 3m, 3m synchro
53 Scott Dickens Burlington, Ont. Swimming 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke
54 Greg Douglas Toronto, Ont. Sailing Finn
55 Derek Drouin Corunna, Ont. Athletics High jump
56 Danielle Dube Halifax, N.S. Sailing Women’s laser radial
57 Stephanie Dubois Laval, Que. Tennis Women’s doubles
58 Crispin Duenas North York, Ont. Archery Men’s individual archery
59 Martine Dugrenier Montreal, Que. Wrestling Women’s freestyle 63 kg
60 Stéphanie Durocher Repentigny, Que. Synchronized Swimming Team
61 Alexandre Édmond Laval, Que. Judo -90kg
62 Crystal Emmanuel Scarborough, Ont. Athletics 200m
63 Jonelle Filigno Mississaugua, Ont. Soccer Women’s soccer
64 Roseline Filion Laval, Que. Diving Women’s 10m, 10m synchro
65 Paula Findlay Edmonton, Alta. Triathlon Women’s triathlon
66 Andrew Ford Guelph, Ont. Swimming 200m individual medley
67 Jo-Annie Fortin Montreal, Que. Synchronized Swimming Team
68 Tiffany Foster Schomberg, Ont. Equestrian Jumping
69 Emilie Fournel Montreal, Que. Canoe-Kayak K-1 200m women
70 Hugues Fournel Pointe-Claire, Que. Canoe-Kayak K-2 1000m men
71 Charles Francis Cowansville, Que. Swimming 100m backstroke
72 Scott Frandsen Kelowna, B.C. Rowing Men’s 2-
73 Sultana Frizell Perth, Ont. Athletics Hammer throw
74 Teresa Gabriele Mission, B.C. Basketball Women’s basketball
75 Nathan Gafuik Calgary, Alta. Gymnastics Artistic
76 Grace Gao Calgary, Alta. Badminton Mixed doubles
77 Haislan Garcia New Westminster, B.C. Wrestling Men’s freestyle 66 kg
78 Robyn Gayle Mississaugua, Ont. Soccer Women’s soccer
79 Alex Genest Lac-aux-Sables, Que. Athletics 3,000m steeplechase
80 Matthew Gentry North Vancouver, B.C. Wrestling Men’s freestyle 74 kg
81 Phylicia George Markham, Ont. Athletics 100m / 100m hurdles
82 Robert Gibson Oakville, Ont. Rowing Men’s 8+
83 Eric Gillis Antigonish, N.S. Athletics Marathon
84 Nikola Girke West Vancouver, B.C. Sailing Women’s rs-x windsurfing
85 Jasmin Glaesser Coquitlam, B.C. Cycling Track
86 Elizabeth Gleadle Vancouver, B.C. Athletics Javelin
87 Inaki Gomez Vancouver, B.C. Athletics 20km race walk
88 Thomas Gossland Vancouver, B.C. Swimming 4x100m freestyle relay
89 Krista Guloien Port Moody, BC Rowing Women’s 8+
90 Janine Hanson Winnipeg, Man. Rowing Women’s 8+
91 Geoff Harris Halifax, N.S. Athletics 800m
92 Brent Hayden Vancouver, B.C. Swimming 50m freestyle,100m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle relay
93 Akeem Haynes Calgary, Alta. Athletics 4x100m
94 Jill Henselwood Oxford Mills, Ont. Equestrian Jumping
95 Ryder Hesjedal Victoria, B.C. Cycling Road race, time trial
96 Émilie Heymans Brossard, Que. Diving Women’s 3m, 3m synchro
97 Pierre-Luc Hinse Gatineau, Que. Table Tennis Men’s singles, team
98 Andre Ho Richmond, B.C. Table Tennis Men’s singles, team
99 Nikkita Holder Pickering, Ont. Athletics 100m hurdles
100 Ashley Holzer Toronto, Ont. Equestrian Dressage
101 Stephanie Horner Beaconsfield, Que. Swimming 400m individual medley
102 Richard Hortness Medicine Hat, Alta. Swimming 4x100m freestyle relay
103 Malcolm Howard Victoria, B.C. Rowing Men’s 8+
104 Rebecca Howard Salmon Arm, B.C. Equestrian Eventing
105 Clara Hughes Winnipeg, Man. Cycling Road race, time trial
106 Carol Huynh Hazelton, B.C. Wrestling Women’s freestyle 48 kg
107 Francois Imbeau-Dulac St-Lazarre, Que. Diving Men’s 3m
108 Anthony Jacob Vancouver, B.C. Rowing Men’s 4-
109 Barbara Jardin Montreal, Que. Swimming 200m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle relay
110 Morgan Jarvis Winnipeg, MB Rowing Lightweight Men’s 2x
111 Lindsay Jennerich Victoria, BC Rowing Lightweight Women’s 2x
112 Kyle Jones Oakville, Ont. Triathlon Men’s triathlon
113 Chloé Isaac Brossard, Que. Synchronized Swimming Team
114 Geoff Kabush Comox, B.C. Cycling Mountain Bike
115 Savanah King Vancouver, B.C. Swimming 400m freestyle, 800m freestyle
116 Alexa Komarnycky Etobicoke, Ont. Swimming 800m freestyle
117 Kevin Kowalyk Winnipeg, MB Rowing Men’s 2x
118 Kaylyn Kyle Saskatoon, Sask. Soccer Women’s soccer
119 Julie Labonté Sainte-Justine, Que. Athletics Shot put
120 Audrey Lacroix Montreal, Que. Swimming 200m butterfly
121 Eric Lamaze Schomberg, Ont. Equestrian Jumping
122 Alexandra Landry Montreal, Que. Gymnastics Artistic
123 Karina LeBlanc Maple Ridge, B.C. Soccer Women’s soccer
124 Stéphanie Leclair Gatineau, Que. Synchronized Swimming Team
125 Mike Leigh Nanaimo, B.C. Sailing 470
126 Marie-Andrée Lessard Bolton-Est, Que. Beach Volleyball Women’s pairs
127 Cameron Levins Black Creek, B.C. Athletics 5,000m
128 Michelle Li Markham, Ont. Badminton Women’s singles and doubles
129 Tracy Little Pointe-Claire, Que. Synchronized Swimming Team
130 Hunter Lowden North Vancouver, B.C. Sailing 49er
131 Dorothy Ludwig Renfrew, Ont. Shooting Women’s 10m air pistol
132 Brittany MacLean Etobicoke, Ont. Swimming 400m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle relay
133 Heather MacLean Etobicoke, Ont. Swimming 4x100m freestyle relay
134 Rosie MacLennan Toronto, Ont. Gymnastics Trampoline
135 Segun Makinde Ottawa, Ont. Athletics 4x100m
136 Élise Marcotte L’Ancienne-Lorette, Que. Synchronized Swimming Duet, team
137 David Marcus Campbellville, Ont. Equestrian Dressage
138 Darcy Marquardt Richmond, BC Rowing Women’s 8+
139 Annie Martin Lachine, Que. Beach Volleyball Women’s pairs
140 Jenna Martin Bridgewater, N.S. Athletics 400m
141 Natalie Mastracci Thorold, Ont. Rowing Women’s 8+
142 Michael Mason Nanoose Bay, B.C. Athletics High jump
143 Diana Matheson Oakville, Ont. Soccer Women’s soccer
144 Conlin McCabe Brockville, ON Rowing Men’s 8+
145 Martha McCabe Toronto, Ont. Swimming 200m breaststroke
146 Erin McLeod Edmonton, Alta. Soccer Women’s soccer
147 Melanie McCann Parkhill, Ont. Modern Pentathlon Women’s singles
148 Jason McCoombs Halifax, N.S. Canoe-Kayak C-1 200m men
149 Riley McCormick Victoria, B.C. Diving Men’s 10m
150 Brent McMahon Victoria, B.C. Triathlon Men’s triathlon
151 Sasha Mehmedovic Montreal, Que. Judo -66kg
152 Joliane Melançon Laval, Que. Judo -57kg
153 Sébastien Michaud Quebec, Que. Taekwondo 80kg
154 Ian Millar Perth, Ont. Equestrian Jumping
155 Victoria Moors Surrey, BC Gymnastics Artistic
156 Andreanne Morin Montreal, QC Rowing Women’s 8+
157 Erica Morningstar Calgary, Alta. Swimming 200m individual medley
158 Carmelina Moscato Mississaugua, Ont. Soccer Women’s Soccer
159 Curtis Moss Burnaby, B.C. Athletics Javelin
160 Michelle Mueller Port Perry, B.C. Equestrian Eventing
161 Anastasiya Muntyanu Toronto, Ont. Gymnastics Artistic
162 Lizanne Murphy Beaconsfield, Que. Basketball Women’s basketball
163 Daniel Nestor Toronto, Ont. Tennis Men’s doubles
164 Cory Niefer Yorkton, Saskatoon Shooting Men’s 10m air rifle, 50m rifle prone
165 Tobias Ng Vancouver, B.C. Badminton Mixed doubles
166 Joelle Numainville Montreal, Que. Cycling Road race
167 Cristy Nurse Georgetown, Ont. Rowing Women’s 8+
168 Patricia Obee Victoria, B.C. Rowing Lightweight Women’s 2x
169 Derek O’Farrell Montreal, Que. Rowing Men’s 4-
170 Mark Oldershaw Burlington, Ont. Canoe-Kayak C-1 1000m men
171 Tobias Oriwol Toronto, Ont. Swimming 200m backstroke
172 Alec Page Victoria, B.C. Swimming 400m individual medley
173 Kelly Parker Saskatoon, Sask. Soccer Women’s soccer
174 Dominique Pegg Sarnia, Ont. Gymnastics Artistic
175 Catharine Pendrel Fredericton, N.B. Cycling Mountain Bike
176 Sergio Pessoa Brossard, Que. Judo -60kg
177 Jessica Phoenix Cannington, Ont. Equestrian Eventing
178 Krista Phillips Saskatoon, Sask. Basketball Women’s basketball
179 Courtnay Pilypaitis Orleans, Ont. Basketball Women’s basketball
180 Max Plaxton Tofino, B.C. Cycling Mountain Bike
181 Michelle Plouffe Edmonton, Alta. Basketball Women’s basketball
182 Victoria Poon Montreal, Que. Swimming 50m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle relay
183 Vasek Pospisil Vancouver, B.C. Tennis Men’s singles, men’s doubles
184 Zachary Plavsic Vancouver, B.C. Sailing Men’s rs-x windsurfing
185 Khetag Pliev Toronto, Ont. Wrestling Men’s freestyle 96 kg
186 Brian Price Belleville, Ont. Rowing Men’s 8+
187 Luke Ramsay Vancouver, B.C. Sailing 470
188 Denise Ramsden Hay River, N.W.T. Cycling Road race, time trial
189 Milos Raonic Thornhill, Ont. Tennis Men’s singles
190 Martin Reader Comox, B.C. Beach Volleyball Men’s pairs
191 Amanda Reason Windsor, Ont. Swimming 4x200m freestyle relay
192 Anjelika Reznik Toronto, Ont. Gymnastics Artistic
193 Justin Rodhe Kamloops, B.C. Athletics Shot put
194 Brittany Rogers New Westminster, B.C. Gymnastics Artistic
195 Reuben Ross St. Leonard, Que. Diving Men’s 3m synchro
196 Colin Russell Burlington, Ont. Swimming 4x100m freestyle relay
197 Sinead Russell Burlington, Ont. Swimming 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke
198 Katerine Savard Quebec, Que. Swimming 100m butterfly
199 Sophie Schmidt Abbotsford, B.C. Soccer Women’s soccer
200 Desiree Scott Winnipeg, Man. Soccer Women’s Soccer
201 Rachel Seaman Peterborough, Ont. Athletics 20km race walk
202 Eric Sehn Edmonton, Alta. Diving Men’s 10m
203 Karine Sergerie Sainte-Catherine, Que. Taekwondo 67kg
204 Lauren Sesselmann Stephenville, Newf. Soccer Women’s Soccer
205 David Sharpe Halifax, N.S. Swimming 200m butterfly
206 Nicole Sifuentes Winnipeg, Man. Athletics 1,500m
207 Christine Sinclair Burnaby, B.C. Soccer Women’s soccer
208 Gavin Smellie Etobicoke, ON Athletics 4x100m
209 Jessica Smith North Vancouver, B.C. Athletics 800m
210 Kim Smith Mission, B.C. Basketball Women’s basketball
211 Oluseyi Smith Ottawa, Ont. Athletics 4x100m
212 Heather Steacy Lethbridge, Alta. Athletics Hammer throw
213 Jim Steacy Lethbridge, Alta. Athletics Hammer throw
214 Hilary Stellingwerff Sarnia, Ont. Athletics 1,500m
215 Chelsea Stewart The Pas, Man. Soccer Women’s soccer
216 Monique Sullivan Calgary, Alta. Cycling Track
217 Melissa Tancredi Ancaster, Ont. Soccer Women’s soccer
218 Alisha Tatham Brampton, Ont. Basketball Women’s basketball
219 Tamara Tatham Brampton, Ont. Basketball Women’s basketball
220 Michael Tayler Calgary, Alta. Canoe-Kayak K-1 slalom
221 Brianne Theisen Humboldt, Sask. Athletics Heptathlon
222 Karine Thomas Gatineau, Que. Synchronized Swimming Team
223 Lesley Thompson-Willie London, Ont. Rowing Women’s 8+
224 Shona Thorburn Hamilton Basketball Women’s basketball
225 Brittany Timko Coquitlam, B.C. Soccer Women’s soccer
226 Kelsey Titmarsh North York, Ont. Gymnastics Artistic
227 David Tremblay Windsor, Ont. Wrestling Men’s freestyle 55 kg
228 Kathy Tremblay Montreal, Que. Triathlon Women’s triathlon
229 Nick Tritton Guelph, Ont. Judo -66kg
230 Jillian Tyler Calgary, Alta. Swimming 100m breaststroke
231 Donna Vakalis Toronto, Ont. Modern Pentathlon Women’s singles
232 Antoine Valois-Fortier Vanier, Que. Judo -81kg
233 Tera Van Beilen Oakville, Ont. Swimming 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke
234 Douglas Vandor Dewittville, QC Rowing Lightweight Men’s 2x
235 Adam van Koeverden Toronto, Ont. Canoe-Kayak K-1 1000m men
236 Kristina Vaculik Toronto, Ont. Gymnastics Artistic
237 Joseph Veloce St. Catharines, Ont. Cycling Track
238 Tonya Verbeek Grimsby, Ont. Wrestling Women’s freestyle 55 kg
239 Rachelle Viinberg Regina, Sask. Rowing Women’s 8+
240 Eugene Wang Ottawa, Ont. Table Tennis Men’s singles
241 Damian Warner London, Ont. Athletics Decathlon
242 Ian Warner Markham, Ont. Athletics 4x100m
243 Justyn Warner Markham, Ont. Athletics 100m / 4x100m
244 Sarah Wells Unionville, Ont. Athletics 400m hurdles
245 Valérie Welsh Saint-Nicolas, Que. Synchronized Swimming Team
246 Simon Whitfield Victoria, B.C. Triathlon Men’s triathlon
247 Tara Whitten Toronto, Ont. Cycling Track
248 Julia Wilkinson Stratford, Ont. Swimming 100m backstroke, 100m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle relay and 200m individual medley
249 Lauren Wilkinson North Vancouver, B.C. Rowing Women’s 8+
250 Michael Wilkinson North Vancouver, B.C. Rowing Men’s 4-
251 Rhian Wilkinson Baie d’Urfé, Que. Soccer Women’s soccer
252 Blake Worsley Victoria, B.C. Swimming 200m freestyle
253 Aleksandra Wozniak Blainville, Que. Tennis Women’s singles, women’s doubles
254 David Wright Montreal, Que. Sailing Men’s laser
255 Dylan Wykes Kingston, Ont. Athletics Marathon
256 Jessica Zelinka London, Ont. Athletics Heptathlon / 100m hurdles
257 Mo Zhang Ottawa, Ont. Table Tennis Women’s singles
258 Kelita Zupancic Whitby, Ont. Judo -70kg
259 Emily Zurrer Crofton, B.C. Soccer Women’s soccer

Josh Binstock
Men’s Beach Volleyball
Josh Binstock will be teaming up with partner Martin Reader in his first appearance at an Olympic Games in the sport of beach volleyball.

Binstock and Reader defeated the Canadian duo of Ben Saxton and Christian Redmann in a one game qualifying match in Toronto to earn the right to represent Canada in London. Canada had earned a spot in men’s beach volleyball by winning the finals of the Continental Cup Games qualifiying tournament. The men’s team comprised of Reader of Comox, B.C., and Binstock of Toronto as well as Christian Redmann of Toronto and Ben Saxton of Calgary defeated Mexico 3-1 in the men’s final.

A former Junior National Indoor member, Josh began competing competitively on the beach circuit during the offseason in University. The 2004 CIS 1st Team All-Canadian has since won  numerous beach volleyball medals including silver at the 2001 Canada Games, three 24U national championships and two senior national championships (2008, 2009) with partner Matt Zbyszewski.

His best Fédération Internationale de Volleyball World Tour result was a 9th place finish in 2012 with Reader.

Martin Reader
Men’s Beach Volleyball
Martin Reader will be teaming up with partner Josh Binstock in his first appearance at an Olympic Games in the sport of beach volleyball.

Binstock and Reader defeated the Canadian duo of Ben Saxton and Christian Redmann in a one game qualifying match in Toronto to earn the right to represent Canada in London. Canada had earned a spot in men’s beach volleyball by winning the finals of the Continental Cup Games qualifiying tournament. The men’s team comprised of Reader of Comox, B.C., and Binstock of Toronto as well as Christian Redmann of Toronto and Ben Saxton of Calgary defeated Mexico 3-1 in the men’s final.

After a successful college career at Camosun College where he was named the 2004 British Columbia Colleges’ AthleticAssociation Player of the Year, Reader joined the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball World Tour in 2005 with partner Briant Hiebert.

Reader won the 2009 National Championship with partner Chaim Schalk. His best FIVB World Tour result was a 9th place finish in 2012 with Binsock.

Annie Martin
Women’s Beach Volleyball
Annie Martin will be teaming up with partner Marie-Andrée Lessardin her second appearance at an Olympic Games in the sport of beach volleyball.

Martin and Lessard defeated the Canadian duo of Liz Maloney and Heather Bansley in a one game qualifying match in Toronto to earn the right to represent Canada in London. Canada had earned a spot in women’s beach volleyball by winning the finals of the Continental Cup Games qualifying tournament. The women’s team comprised of Martin of Sherbrooke, Que. and Lessard of Ville LaSalle, Quewell as Bansley and Maloney of Toronto, beat Mexico in their final 3-0.

Martin is the only active Canadian beach volleyball athlete with Olympic experience having finished in fifth place in 2004 with Guylaine Dumont.

Domestically, Martin has five National Championships under her belt; three with Dumont (2002, 2003, and 2004), one with Kara Zakrezewski (2006) and one with her current partner Lessard (2009).

Marie-Andrée Lessard
Women’s Beach Volleyball
Marie-Andrée Lessard will be teaming up with partner Annie Martinin her first appearance at an Olympic Games in the sport of beach volleyball.

Martin and Lessard defeated the Canadian duo of Liz Maloney and Heather Bansley in a one game qualifying match in Toronto to earn the right to represent Canada in London. Canada had earned a spot in women’s beach volleyball by winning the finals of the Continental Cup Games qualifying tournament. The women’s team comprised of Martin of Sherbrooke, Que. and Lessard of Ville LaSalle, Quewell as Bansley and Maloney of Toronto, beat Mexico in their final 3-0.

Lessard is Canada’s longest serving beach athlete, having started her career in 1999. The McGill University alumnus has three National Championships under her belt; with Sarah Maxwell (2005 and 2007) and again with Martin in 2009.

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