Weekend Summary: Olympic Qualifiers for Team Canada in Skateboarding and Beach Volleyball – Team Canada

Weekend Summary: Olympic Qualifiers for Team Canada in Skateboarding and Beach Volleyball – Team Canada
Weekend Summary: Olympic Qualifiers for Team Canada in Skateboarding and Beach Volleyball – Team Canada

World Archery – Kenji Haruta/OIS – NORCECA

Eight other Team Canada athletes earned their ticket to Paris 2024 thanks to their performances last weekend.

This group includes four skateboard athletes who earned their Olympic qualification following the conclusion of the Olympic Qualification Series in Budapest, Hungary, as well as two beach volleyball duos who won the last chance continental qualifying tournament in Mexico.

Furthermore, the Canadian men’s volleyball team, already qualified for Paris 2024, had a perfect week at the Volleyball Nations League.

Discover the latest news regarding Team Canada athletes:

Skateboard: Four Canadian athletes qualified for Paris 2024

Cordano Russell, Matt Berger, Ryan Decenzo and Fay De Fazio Ebert all booked their tickets to Paris 2024 following their performances at the second stage of the Olympic Qualification Series in Budapest, Hungary. Russell, Berger and Decenzo will represent Canada in the men’s street event while De Fazio Ebert qualified for the women’s park event.

READ: Four Canadian skateboard athletes qualify for Paris 2024

The results from the two Olympic Qualification Series competitions in Shanghai and Budapest were combined with the World Olympic Skateboarding Rankings to create a final ranking from which 20 quota places in each skateboarding event were allocated.

De Fazio Ebert was ranked 23rd overall, but earned a quota spot, as there is a maximum of three athletes per country and event, and Japan, Brazil and the United States all had four athletes ranked ahead By Fazio Ebert.

The three Canadian men all finished among the top 20 in the men’s street event rankings, with Russell in 16th place, Berger in 18th and Decenzo in 19th.

Beach volleyball: Canada qualifies two teams for Paris at the last chance tournament

Canadian beach volleyball duos had a good weekend at the NORCECA Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Tlaxcala, Mexico.

READ: Two Canadian duos secure the last tickets for Paris 2024 in beach volleyball

Heather Bansley and Sophie Bukovec flew through the competition on the women’s side, while Sam Schachter and Daniel Dearing did the same on the men’s side to qualify for their respective tournaments at Paris 2024.

The two teams began the last chance qualifying tournament for the 24th in the world. They both had a perfect run, winning their six matches, both beating a Mexican team in the final to clinch their place.

Bansley and Bukovec will join Melissa Humana-Paredes and Brandie Wilkerson — who qualified via their world rankings — in the women’s Olympic tournament. Bansley played with Wilkerson at Tokyo 2020, but then retired before returning and partnering with Bukovec less than a year ago. This was Bansley’s second Olympic appearance following her debut at Rio 2016 with Sarah Pavan. Bukovec will take part in his first Olympic Games at Paris 2024.

Schachter will return to the Olympic Games eight years after taking part in Rio 2016 with Josh Binstock. Dearing will take part in her first Olympic Games. They will be the only Canadian men’s beach volleyball team at Paris 2024.

Archery: Peters among top five at World Cup

Eric Peters reached the quarterfinals of the men’s individual recurve bow event, finishing fifth overall at the third stop of the World Archery World Cup in Antalya, Turkey. Facing two-time Olympic team champion Kim Woojin of South Korea in the quarterfinals, Peters raced to a 4-0 lead before Kim came back with a perfect 30-point round to win the duel 6-4.

Peters now sits at a career-high fifth in the world. Fifth place in Antalya is his best World Cup result of the year and equals his career best result on the circuit achieved in April 2023.

Volleyball: Canada advances to the quarter-finals of the Volleyball Nations League

With their qualification for Paris 2024 already assured, the Canadian men’s volleyball team had an incredible week to close out the preliminary phase of the Volleyball Nations League.

The Canadians were perfect in the third week of Volleyball Nations League (VNL) action, stringing together four straight wins to advance to the quarterfinals. They started the week with a record of 4 wins and 4 losses which placed them in seventh position. They climbed to fifth place in the Nations League rankings thanks to an overall record of 8 wins and 4 defeats in the preliminary phase. They also moved up three places in the FIVB world rankings to ninth.

They beat Japan in five sets, swept Germany and Brazil in straight sets, and finally defeated the Netherlands in a close five-set match. Stephen Maar continues to lead Canada’s offense, averaging 15.75 attack points per game during the winning streak.

Canada will face second-ranked Japan in the Volleyball Nations League quarterfinals in Lodz, Poland, on Thursday.



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