Rempel named to Youth Na­tional Vol­ley­ball Team

The Southwest Booster - - SPORTS - STEVEN MAH SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

Wy­mark’s Henry Rempel has only been play­ing or­ga­nized vol­ley­ball for four years, but his hard work over that time has landed him a spot on the U18 Youth Na­tional Vol­ley­ball Team.

The 6’6’’ out­side hit­ter was re­cently named to the 26-player ros­ter that will com­prise two U18 Youth Na­tional Teams this sum­mer.

Rempel has been a mem­ber of Team Saskatchew­an for the past two sea­sons. Af­ter com­pet­ing at Na­tion­als he was iden­ti­fied as one of the top play­ers in the coun­try to fill two teams of 13 play­ers that will rep­re­sent Canada this sum­mer.

“It’s been a goal for quite a while,” said Rempel. “I’ve played Team Sask for the last two years and last year I played on the Canada Games team for Saskatchew­an. That was just the start­ing point where I just wanted to ad­vance and play more I guess and this was it.”

He is one of two play­ers from Saskatchew­an who will rep­re­sent Canada this sum­mer with the U18 teams.

“I’ve just worked hard I guess. I’ve been train­ing so much lately and just hit­ting the gym a lot. With­out that I wouldn’t be any­where. I just train a lot and try and put the ef­fort in. The coaches and play­ers around me they just help me out.”

It has been a fast track to the up­per ech­e­lons of the sport in Canada for Rempel. He didn’t start play­ing vol­ley­ball un­til he was a grade eight stu­dent in Wy­mark.

“At first I didn’t know what I was do­ing, but then slowly the ath­leti­cism it just got me there slowly,” he ad­mit­ted.

Rempel will take part in a train­ing camp in Calgary for two to three weeks in July. From there the team will fly to Tulsa, Ok­la­homa for the USA High Per­for­mance Cham­pi­onship from July 24-28. The tour­na­ment will fea­ture over 100 teams, in­clud­ing USA Vol­ley­ball Re­gional High Per­for­mance and in­ter­na­tional teams. Teams from Brazil, Chile, Do­mini­can Repub­lic, Italy, Mex­ico, New Zealand, Peru, and Puerto Rico have all taken part in the past.

“I have been kind of wait­ing for that awhile now. To play for Canada and just rep­re­sent the coun­try that feels kind of good,” said Rempel.

The grade 11 stu­dent ath­lete also helped the Swift Cur­rent Comp. Colts win their first pro­vin­cial vol­ley­ball cham­pi­onship in 18 years last Novem­ber.

“It was an awe­some feel­ing. We were work­ing for that the year be­fore that, but couldn’t quite make it. This year, we just stepped up, had a great team, great coach, and fully got there. It was just an amaz­ing feel­ing,” said Rempel.

He is hop­ing to win a third straight medal with the Colts next sea­son.

“I think we’ve got a pretty good chance to medal again. We have a tonne of good play­ers still that played Ju­nior Sun­dogs this year. I think we will be po­si­tioned good.”

The Colts have lost many of their play­ers from the 2017 pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship squad, in­clud­ing Brae­don Friesen, who was re­cently named to the Ju­nior Na­tional Team and will suit up for the Univer­sity of Al­berta Golden Bears next sea­son.

Rempel, along with vet­eran set­ter Brett Thiese, will look to lead the Colts back to the medals.

“In my se­nior year I need to lead the team a lit­tle bit with one other player, one of my best friends. We will be able to show the younger guys step­ping up and see how they do and lead the team.”

Rempel has not yet com­mit­ted to a univer­sity pro­gram, but has vis­ited a num­ber of schools and has some vis­its left to make in Septem­ber as well.

STEVEN MAH/SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER FILE PHOTO

Wy­mark’s Henry Rempel (right) will rep­re­sent Canada on the Youth Na­tional Vol­ley­ball Team this sum­mer.

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