Our 12U, 13U and 14U teams shine at the Provincials

Congratulations to our 12U, 13U and 14U teams on their successes at the Provincials in Abbotsford this past weekend. We are very proud of their team effort and spirit!

  • 12U – Gold (Div 1, Tier 1)
  • 13U Blue – 7th (Div 1, Tier 1)
  • 13U White – 12th (Div 1, Tier 2)
  • 13U Silver – 11th (Div 1, Tier 2)
  • 14U Blue –  Silver ( Div 1, Tier 1)
  • 14U White – Gold (Div 2, Tier 1)
  • 14U Silver –  7th (Div 3, Tier 1)

12U Team

12U celebrating a GOLD win at the first provincial tournament for this age group!

U12s went undefeated (didn’t drop a set) and had a lot of fun doing it. The girls were tremendous under pressure and played some very solid volleyball. I guess they won the first every U12 Provincial Medal which is also kinda cool!  (from Coach Chris Ruse)


13U Teams

13U White showing their team spirit at the Provincials on April 28-29th
13U Blue/White: It takes time, commitment and perseverance to better ourselves, develop as an athlete, support our teammates and become a team. Through the weekly practices and game play, Thunder Blue & White had their share of struggles and success, we (the girls and coaches) called it riding the roller coaster. Both teams grew through experiencing the stress of competition and increased their awareness of what it takes in training and competing to realize success.  The girls all had a lot of fun through the entire weekend and the quality of the play that they demonstrated was excellent.  The future looks bright for these two teams. Their passion and understanding for the sport grew exponentially and we truly believe they are hooked for life and will continue to appreciate the game of volleyball. (from Coaches Al Cuerrier and Beathen Thomas)
13U Silver celebrating showing their team pride at the Provincials on April 28-29th

13U Silver: The 13U Silver team started the day in high spirits as this was the first major volleyball event in which most girls on the team had ever participated. Although the girls played hard, they suffered a heartbreaking 3rd set loss in their first match.

The girls’ play improved tremendously as the tournament progressed. They won a couple well played matches against fairly tough teams. However, the team would go on to experience three more hard fought close scoring three-set losses.

In addition to the improvement in play, coach Ben was especially proud of the way the girls supported each other and how several players stepped up and took leadership at various times to help their teammates keep their spirits up and stay focused.

The last game of the tournament was another close match but this time ending in a very exciting 3rd set win. The girls were ecstatic! A very positive ending to their first Provincial tournament experience. The team finished 11th. (from Coach Ben Yen)


14U Teams

14U White showing their smiles, spirit and GOLD (Div 2) medals at the Provincials…

14U White celebrating a GOLD (Div 2) finish at the Provincials on April 28-29th

 

14U Blue also sharing their successful SILVER (Div 1)  win at the Provincials…

14U Blue celebrating a SILVER (Div 1) finish at the Provincials April 28-29th

17U and 18U teams post great results at the Provincials

Congratulations to our senior teams for their hard work, determination and excellent team effort at the provincials this past weekend. Both teams landed solidly in the top 10 with our 17U’s taking home bronze medals and our 18U’s winning 7th place. Next up… Nationals in Edmonton. Go Thunder!

Congratulations to our 17U team on their bronze medal win!
Our 18Us celebrating strong team spirit and 7th place at the provincials.

Indoor Atomic Sessions for Girls – Registration begins Thursday, April 13

REGISTRATION FOR OUR SPRING INDOOR ATOMIC PROGRAMS WILL BEGIN THURSDAY, APRIL 13TH. 

ATOMIC BASIC  is for players in grades 4-5 that are new to the sport, played on elementary volleyball team or possibly participated in one previous atomic type clinic or camp.

ATOMIC ADVANCED is for players in grades 6-7 that did NOT play on a Thunder U12/13 Club Team this season but have completed multiple clinics and camps.

Thunder Beach Programs – Registration begins Friday, April 7th

Thunder Beach registration begins Friday, April 7th.

With summer just around the corner, Thunder Beach is excited to offer beach volleyball training sessions for all ages and skill levels. – from 12-18 year olds and programs for girls and boys! New this year: Atomic Train and Play Beach – for boys and girls currently in grades 6 and 7 beginning in MAY. These programs are a great way learn the basics of the game!

Make sure you register ASAP as our programs have filled up fast in previous years! You can find more specific information about our spring and summer programs here: Spring/Summer 2017

High Performance Team: The structure of our High Performance team will be changing a bit this year. Athletes will be put into groups based on a combination of age and skill. If selected, the HP Team is a summer long commitment (exceptions will be made for Team BC and Summer games), NOT monthly as in past years.

To be considered for the HP Team, you MUST attend tryouts – advance registration online required. Go here for more information: Beach High Performance Training 2017

I’m looking forward to another great summer!

Jonny Wiskar, Head Coach, Thunder Beach

 

Earn High School Credits at the Richmond Oval Volleyball Canada Centre of Excellence

With course planning for next year now underway, please keep in mind that participants in the Richmond Oval Volleyball Canada Centre of Excellence are eligible to receive high school PE and strength and conditioning credits through the Richmond Virtual School. This frees up time in the athlete’s schedule to manage the rest of their studies, rest, recover and train with their club and high school teams.

Many of the top players in BC and on the youth national team from BC have come through our program or another VCCE program and credit the programs towards their success. Our goal is to expand this development to even more athletes.

Please click HERE or below for more information about the program.

Thunder President and Co-Founder Claire Lloyd awarded the VBC Community Sport Administrator Award

claire-with-her-excellence-in-volunteering-awardCongratulations to our very own Claire Lloyd – President and Co-founder of Thunder Volleyball Club – on receiving the Volleyball BC Community Sport Administrator Award on Saturday, February 4th to a standing ovation.

Claire co-founded the Vancouver Thunder Volleyball Club in 2000 to provide an opportunity for athletes to participate in volleyball for both the pursuit of excellence and the enjoyment of the sport.

Under Claire’s leadership, Thunder Volleyball Club has evolved to be one of the strongest clubs in the province, organizationally as well as overall team performance. Our youth have benefited enormously from Claire’s continued efforts in establishing excellence in volleyball programs in the Vancouver community.