DETROIT - Stratford resident Chris Parson competed for Team Canada 45 at the 2015 USA Volleyball Open National championships here at the COBO Centre this week.
Canada 45 is the defending silver medalists in 2014 and gold medalists in 2013 in the Over-45 age division.
The annual championships are held in the United States and attract teams from around the world. USA Volleyball has showcased its USA Volleyball Open National championships for 80 years since the organization's founding in 1928.
The Open has been a mainstay celebrating adult volleyball nationally. The event is one of the largest national championships in any sport in the United States, featuring the sport of volleyball from coast-to-coast.
The Canada 45 team included former CIS and National players from across the country who competed against 11 teams from across the USA as well as Venezuela and Brazil.
The 2015 Team Canada Masters 45+ Team consisted of Jerry Aldridge, Bill Coubrough, Marc Dunn, Tom Elser, Troy Lorenson, Randy Moncks, Martin Noskey, Dale Oleschko, Steve Oliver, Chris Parson, Dave Rotman, Brian Rourke and Mike Sieben.
The team was coached by Hugh Bartlett and George Tokarsky from Alberta, who founded the Canadian Masters National Team program in 1998 through Volleyball Canada.
Chris Parson, 48, played volleyball at Stratford Central back in the mid-80s under legendary coach Ed Price and is believed to be the first male athlete from Stratford to play volleyball at the Varsity/University level.
Parson went on to play at the University of Guelph where the team earned a fifth-place finish at the CIS Championships in 1988. He was also part of the OCAA champion Sheridan Bruins in 1990.
From 1988-92, Parson competed on the Ontario Pro Beach Tour, with several titles and high tournament finishes during that time. Parson just completed his 27th season playing in the competitive Men’s ‘A’ Volleyball League in Stratford, where he is currently the oldest player.
Parson is the current head coach of the Stratford Central Senior boys and girls teams and will be back at the Waterloo Volleyball Club as head coach (NCCP Level II) of the U-18 Tigers team in the fall.
Parson also runs a High Performance Volleyball Camp at Stratford Central during the last week of August, featuring special guest coaches.