Biography:

While competing for the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds, Blair Bann was twice named the CIS Top Libero and represented Canada at the 2009 Universiade in Belgrade. As a member of the national team, he won bronze at the 2013 NORCECA Championship where he also earned Best Receiver honours. Bann was a member of Canada’s FIVB World League Team in 2014, 2015 and 2016. At the latter, he was Canada’s top-ranked receiver and second-ranked digger as the team won Group 2 to earn a spot in the elite Group 1 in 2017. Bann was also part of Canada’s seventh place finish at the 2015 FIVB World Cup.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents Robert and Gisele Bann… Older sister Jennifer…Getting into the Sport: Began playing volleyball at age 14 with his school team… When teammates started talking about trying out for clubs, he joined in and made the top local team, NAVC gold… Grew up idolizing the University of Alberta Golden Bears, who were the reason he wanted to go far in the sport… Outside Interests: Graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2011 with a Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree… Odds and Ends: Nickname: Blizz… Does some soccer juggling before a game… Favourite motto: Ruthless…