A pair of Gee-Gees all-stars, Caroline Lemay and Sabrina Roy, were in Richmond, B.C., last week to be evaluated at Volleyball Canada’s selection camp for the senior women’s national team program. The camp was an opportunity to be scouted to represent Canada on the International scene this summer and beyond.
Both players were well-prepared for the camp, which ran May 6 to 11, having worked together with Gee-Gees team staff since the end of the U SPORTS season.
“This daily training program was a big part of my success throughout the week, both in the testing phase early in the camp and for the endurance that was required to perform at an optimum level each day,” explains Roy, a libero who has been named an RSEQ conference all-star each of the last two seasons and is heading into her fifth season in Garnet and Grey.
As they prepared together, the pair had similar mindsets heading to B.C. “I went to the camp first to try to put my name out there, so that the coaches know who I am, and second to have a great week of volleyball playing with all the amazing athletes,” says Lemay, a left side attacker who has also earned consecutive all-star nods.
“During the camp, I was able to show my leadership and my passion for the sport,” says Roy, who studies Human Kinetics. “I took every opportunity I had to show who I am as a volleyball player - from digging and passing to providing encourage to my teammates. The biggest thing I got out of this experience is the mental aspect of pushing through the demanding practice schedule to be able to play at a national level.”
For Lemay, the competition was a big factor. “I loved the experience of playing with such great volleyball players, the atmosphere was very friendly but also competitive, which I found very exciting and welcoming. I think I was able to show the coaching staff my presence on the court and my perseverance,” says the soon-to-be fifth-year accounting student from Rockland, Ont.
Heading into her final university season, Roy will take a lot from this week to build on with the Gee-Gees. “I believe everything I learned from this camp can be translated into my upcoming season. Learning to push myself and my teammates to the next level and keeping each other accountable is a trait that I am looking forward to bringing next season. Playing alongside and against some of the best volleyball players in Canada has given me the confidence that I can defend against any team.”