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Canada Games Men

General Description

The Canada Games, held every two years, alternating between summer and winter, are the largest multi-sport event in the country and represent the pinnacle of interprovincial/territorial sport competition. As the best in their age group, these young competitors come to the Games having trained long and hard to be among those chosen to represent their respective province or territory. Since 1967, nearly 100,000 athletes have participated in the Games with hundreds of thousands having engaged in try-outs and qualifying events. Add to that the over 100,000 coaches, officials and volunteers that have been directly involved in the planning and staging of the Games and you have some idea as to the enormous reach of the Canada Games over a proud history.

Indoor volleyball has been on the Canada Games program since the very first Canada Games in 1967 in Quebec City, QC, and is one of the few sports that has been featured on both Winter and Summer Games programs. Indoor volleyball was on the Winter program from 1969-1987, and transitioned to the Summer program at the 1985 Games in Saint John, NB.

Beach Volleyball made its debut in both Men’s and Women’s categories at the 2001 Canada Summer Games in London, ON. Beach volleyball returned to the program in 2009, and has been on every summer program since.

The 2022 Canada Summer Games to be held in the Niagara region August 6-21

Join the conversation on social media #Niagara2021. 

Follow 2022canadagames on Instagram and visit the Niagara Games website for more details. 

2022 Key Dates (by invitation only):

  • May 28-29: Selection Camp - Athletes will be invited based on 2021 Identification camps
    (note: athletes unable to attend Identification Camps due to Volleyball Canada programs will be invited)
  • June 18-19: Training (Calgary)
  • July 9-10: Training and Staging Event (Edmonton)
  • July 18 - 24: Training & Canada Cup (Calgary)
  • August 10 - 13: Training (Edmonton)
  • August 14 - 22: Canada Summer Games (Niagara region)

Canada Games 2022 - Indoor Volleyball will be held in week 2 (August 14 - 22)

Promo video: 365 Days to Go! 

2022 Coaching Staff

Canada Games - Team Alberta Coaches
Head Coach: Greg Barthel Assistant Coach: Sam Tuivai

- Current Assistant coach with Mount Royal University Men's Volleyball program.  
- 2007-2018: University of Regina Men's Volleyball Head Coach
- 2010-current: Volleyball Canada coach with Junior, Youth & Regional Excellence programs
- Inducted into the ACAC Hall of Fame in 2014
- NCCP Performance Coach trained


Athlete Identification/Program Pathway 

There will only be an 19U (Athletes born in 2003 or later) Team Alberta program offered in a Canada Games Year - the next Canada Games will be held in 2022.  High-Performance Athletes are strongly encouraged to connect with their post-secondary coach to ensure they follow an appropriate summer training program including a strength & conditioning as well as beach & indoor training.  Athletes' need to appropriately prepare themselves for the demands of playing post-secondary volleyball. 

Volleyball Alberta will be offering a Team Alberta Beach program for interested athletes. 

Volleyball Canada will be offering a Youth & Selects Men's National team

The Development of a Physical Profile

Our High Performance Committee has researched and evaluated physical testing results from numerous sources to understand the base physical performance levels that athletes should possess for continued success in our sport. 

18U Male Team Alberta Athlete- Physical Profile (with recommended standards)

Position Reach  Block Jump  Spike Jump  Pro-Agility (seconds)
Setter 96" 127" 119" 3.1
Middle 98" 128" 120" 3.1
Outside 96" 127" 119" 3.1
Libero  NA NA NA 3.1
Standards will updated by the High Performance Committee each year

Please note: These standards are not the sole factor in athlete identification or selection. Athletes also need to demonstrate potential to be an elite athlete, a willingness to learn, a great attitude, decision making and leadership skills.

2022 Team Alberta Volleyball Canada Games Team

19U Men, Team Alberta Volleyball Canada Games Team                                HC: Greg Barthel

  • Canada Cup, Tier 1 Championship Silver Medal

Roster, Players:, 1 - Zach Van Geel (22), 2 - Marek Edwards (13), 3 - Logan Greves (26), 4 - Luke Weddell (05), 5 - Renn Petryk (25), 6 - Tate Howell (16), 7 - Victor Secches Reis (17), 8 - Mason Greves (26), 9 - Reeve Gingera (24), 10 - Max Penner (27), 11 - Aaron Elser (19), 12 - Ethan Czepuryk (08), 13 - Jacob Sargent (18), 14 - Ashton South (02), 15 - Jacob Breton (28), Staff:, Head Coach - Greg Barthel, Assistant Coach - Sam Tuivai

Niagara 2022 Schedule     Niagara 2022 Watch Live

# - Athlete Name Position Team Photo: Canada Games - Team Alberta
1 - Zach Van Geel  
2 - Marek Edwards   
3 - Logan Greves  
4 - Luke Weddell  
5 - Renn Petryk   
6 - Tate Howell   
7 - Victor Secches Reis   
8 - Mason Greves  
9 - Reeve Gingera   
10 - Max Penner  
11 - Aaron Elser  
12 - Ethan Czepuryk  
13 - Jacob Sargent  
14 - Ashton South  
15 - Jacob Breton   
Head Coach - Greg Barthel  
Assistant Coach - Sam Tuivai    

2017 Canada Games - 18U Team Alberta Roster

Uniform # Athlete Name Position  
12 Caleb Funk Middle

5 Caleb Weiss Setter
8 Colm Guyn Setter
9 Hunter Stewart Outside Hitter
1 Jackson Brennan Setter
3 Jesse Elser Outside Hitter
7 Liam Huth Middle
10 Luis Lange Middle
4 Mathias Elser Outside Hitter
2 Matthew Neaves Outside Hitter
6 Mitchell Newman Outside Hitter
11 Reece Lehman Middle
15 Ryan Zachary Outside Hitter
14 Griffin Butler (alternate) Outside Hitter
13 Jordan Krause (alternate) Outside Hitter

Financial Assistance Program

Athletes in financial need can apply to Volleyball Alberta for assistance via the Hugh Hoyles Scholarship Fund

Below is a list of other scholarships, grants, and programs that athletes may apply for:

  • Kid Sport Alberta: KidSport is a national not-for-profit organization that provides financial assistance for registration fees and equipment to kids aged 18 and under
  • JumpStart: Jumpstart funding helps families that need a financial hand with registration, equipment and/or transportation costs.

For more information on the Team Alberta program, contact Ray Sewell at or call 780-415-1703 ext.5