Tag Archives : volleyball

Rio 4-Star 2017 Recap


"And suddenly you just know... It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings." ~Meister Eckhart   Last week, Melissa and I competed in our first tournament together. In what has probably been the latest start to the season either of us has ever experienced, we traveled down to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the FIVB World…

Interview with Kyla Richey


May is almost over, but that doesn’t mean we are going to skip our monthly interview! This month, I am featuring Kyla Richey. Kyla is a veteran on Canada’s Indoor Women’s National Volleyball team, and I had the privilege of sharing the court (and a house) with her for 3 years. She has played professionally all over Europe, in countries…

My Favourite Beach Volleyball World Tour Stops


"Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport."   With the start of my team’s beach season coming up this week in Rio (yayyyy!!! can’t wait!!), I thought it would be fun to do a little post on my favourite FIVB World Tour stops! Compared to most people in the…

What’s in My Gym Bag? Beach Edition


I have always felt that the things a person keeps in their purse (or gym bag) says a lot about them. There are some people that keep only the essentials, and some who seem to never take anything out, until it gets too full or too stinky.   I would like to think of myself as an “essentials” kind of…

A Day in My Life: Beach Preseason


"If you are looking to be a professional athlete on the top tier of any sport, my best advice is to put everything you have into it. If you're not, somebody else is. It's got to be all or nothing." ~Dominick Cruz   Since I started this blog, I have talked a lot about being a professional athlete, and things…

Interview with Melissa Humaña-Paredes


It’s time for our April interview! Today you will learn a bit about Melissa Humaña-Paredes! Mel is a beach volleyball player for Team Canada (and is my partner!!). She has represented Canada internationally for several years, and was the 2014 FIVB World Tour Rookie of the Year. She and her former partner, Taylor Pischke, won Bronze at the U21 World…

Mental Toughness in Beach vs Indoor Volleyball Athletes


"Mental toughness is to physical as four is to one." ~Bobby Knight   Alright…. before everyone starts taking offense to this post, I want to explain why I decided to write about this. Having played both indoor and beach volleyball, I have had a lot of people approach me to talk (either at me or with me) about the two…

Places I Have Played During my Professional Volleyball Career


“A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and soul of its people.” ~Mahatma Gandhi   I consider myself so lucky to be able to play a sport that I love for a career. It has taken me all over the world, and has allowed me to explore and become immersed in cultures that I probably wouldn’t have otherwise. I have…

My Path to the Olympics: Part 2


"Hold the vision. Trust the process." ~Unknown   Before reading this post, check out Part 1 here!   After a lot of deliberation and discussion with my husband, I finally decided that I had to leave the indoor National Team behind, and try to qualify for the Olympics on the beach. I would be 30 years old going into the…

My Path to the Olympics: Part 1


"Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in." ~Bill Bradley   Over the past 6 months, I have gotten several questions from young athletes regarding how I became an Olympian. There is obviously a lot that goes into qualifying for the Olympics, but I thought that I would go over my story, and outline the…