VIU Men’s Volleyball – A perfect fit
I am currently in my first year of volleyball at Vancouver Island University. I was recruited by head Coach Abe Avender who saw potential in me as a person and athlete. Abe stated “One of the most appealing things for me with Isaac, is his passion to be successful and his dedication to becoming an elite player”. As a top CCAA program and the chance to play for my hometown, I knew the decision to become a Mariner was the right one. I am currently embracing the higher caliber of play as well as constantly being challenged with new concepts and responsibilities. In just my first season, I have adopted a role that plays to my strengths and makes me feel like a key player in our team’s success. Off the court I am learning what it is like to be part of the Mariner family. Through Abe I am getting priceless knowledge on sport performance, treatment, nutrition, and conditioning from one of the most successful sports brains in the country. This bonus helps with my future goals of pursuing an education in physiotherapy.
Canada Summer Games – A Golden Moment
In 2017 I had the pleasure to represent my province for beach volleyball in the 50th Canadian Summer Games. Our training and competition blocks were held in Nanaimo, Vancouver and Los Angeles. While in California my partner and I participated in the USA Volleyball Collegiate Championships at Huntington Beach, finishing in 6th place. In that tournament we had the opportunity to play several matches against American and Brazilian teams that were preparing for the U21 FIVB World Championships held in China. Preparation also included qualifying for the prestigious Vancouver Open, where we also faced top level completion including FIVB professionals and Olympic caliber players.
Beach volleyball was played over five days of competition with the entire games taking two weeks including an opening and closing ceremonies. I had a crazy awesome experience listening to Justin Trudeau give a speech on the how we are the future of Canada’s Olympic success as well as meeting him face to face while exiting the arena. Despite being the youngest and smallest team in competition, Jeff and I capped of our summer of hard work as National Champions. I will never forget the feeling of overwhelming support, interviews and immediate congratulations from back home.
Growing up I have participated in much more than just volleyball. In fact, I have played a combined total of over forty-five season of soccer, lacrosse, hockey, baseball, football, volleyball, basketball and track & field. Success has varied from sport to sport, however by participating in a variety of sports I was able to build a strong skill set of athletic features from a young age. Notable achievements apart from volleyball include: Vancouver Island Premier League’s leading scorer for soccer, BCJV football’s leading receiver across the province (receiving yards), lacrosse provincial first team all-star, member of Team Vancouver Island lacrosse.