Lo­cal ath­letes part of vol­ley­ball teams

Three play­ers from re­gion at Canada Games

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The sec­ond wave of Team Nova Scotia ath­letes headed to the Canada Sum­mer Games in Win­nipeg this past week­end.

Among those com­pet­ing dur­ing Week 2 of the games are three vol­ley­ball play­ers from south­west­ern Nova Scotia – Derek d’Eon and Alec Cot­treau of Yar­mouth County and Re­nee Cleve­land of Clare.

“I feel re­ally hon­oured to be on Team Nova Scotia. I know there are many peo­ple who would love to be in my po­si­tion and I’m priv­i­leged I have the op­por­tu­nity to do it,” Cleve­land said, prior to leav­ing for Win­nipeg.

She was look­ing for­ward to com­pet­ing at a na­tional, mul­ti­sport event for the first time. “It will be a unique and amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said.

Cleve­land said she loves the sport of vol­ley­ball be­cause of its fast pace.

“It’s all about think­ing and re­act­ing quickly. I also en­joy the team­work that is needed. You get to know your team­mates very well and they quickly be­come like fam­ily,” she said. “We have a close team and we are all very sup­port­ive of each other. One of the best feel­ings is cheer­ing along with your team­mates af­ter a great play.”

Alec Cot­treau said be­ing on the men’s Team Nova Scotia squad has been an amaz­ing and great learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to im­prove as a player. He said that learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence will con­tinue in Win­nipeg.

“Com­pet­ing at the Canada games will be a lot of fun, play­ing against of high-level ath­letes,” he said.

All three ath­letes have played vol­ley­ball at the school and club lev­els. But the Canada Games is a new ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I’ve learned so much about the sport since I was on Team Nova Scotia and had tons of awe­some ex­pe­ri­ences with great bunch of coaches and play­ers,” Derek d’Eon said, ea­ger to head to Win­nipeg. “It’s prob­a­bly go­ing to be the most mem­o­rable week of my vol­ley­ball ca­reer. I look for­ward to com­pet­ing against re­ally good teams and to watch all great Cana­dian ath­letes in all sum­mer sports.”

D’Eon added he was also look- ing for­ward to the Olympic-like at­mos­phere of the Games.

Game sched­ule are posted on the Team Nova Scotia and Canada Sum­mer Games web­sites.

CON­TRIB­UTED

Re­nee Cleve­land of Clare is in Win­nipeg as part of Team Nova Scotia’s women’s vol­ley­ball team.

Derek d’Eon

Alec Cot­treau

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