WATERLOO, Ont. (December 11, 2012) - Former Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men's volleyball player Cam Wheelan of Barrie, Ont., enjoyed a highly successful beach volleyball campaign representing Canada through the summer and into the fall thanks to the help of Laurier Athletics and Recreation.
Wheelan, who played four years with the Golden Hawks, competed in three events with two different partners, including the 2012 FISU World Championships which were held in Maceio, Brazil. According to Wheelan, his participation, and ultimate success in those tournaments, wouldn't have been possible without the financial backing of the Athletics and Recreation department.
"Despite the unfortunate circumstances that occurred with the Golden Hawk volleyball programs, the Laurier Athletics department has supported me as I pursue a beach volleyball career on the international stage," said Wheelan. "This support has allowed me take huge strides towards the future of my beach volleyball career and I thank them for standing behind their athletes."
Back in August, Wheelan and partner Simon Fecteau-Boutin, competing as Canada B, finished second at a tune-up event for the FISU World Championships in Puerto Rico. The team lost to the home country favourites, Puerto Rico A, in a hard-fought championship final. To qualify for the final, the duo had knocked off Trinidad and Tobago A in the quarter-finals and fellow countrymen, Canada A, in the semifinals.
With a strong result under their belts, Wheelan and his partner headed to Brazil in September where they competed against the best university players in the world. With a goal of finishing in the Top 10, Wheelan and Fecteau-Boutin grabbed an impressive ninth place showing thanks to a 3-2 round robin record that saw them earn wins over Saudia Arabia, the United States and Brazil.
Wheelan closed out his season with another excellent result, this time a third place showing at a NORCECA event in San Diego, Calif., with a new partner, Michael Plantiga. After losing to their country-mates in the semifinals, Wheelan and Plantiga knocked off a team from the United States in straight sets to win the bronze medal.
"The road to achieving Cam's Olympic aspirations in Rio requires Lauriers support," commented Laurier Director of Athletics and Recreation PETER BAXTER
. "His success is a testament to his dedication to succeed at the highest possible level and we are very happy that we were able to play a small role in making that happen."