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Maverick athlete selected to Women's Junior National Team

2012 / 07 / 23

Maverick athlete Shainah Joseph will never forget Sunday July 22, 2012.

Ever since she came to the practice gym in May of 2009 right after the Maverick Ambush had won a National and Provincial Championship title to practice with her future teammates she aspired to make a National Team.

In the 2009-2010 season, Shainah played with the 16U Maverick Outlaws as an under-aged athlete and continued to develop and by mid-season other coaches throughout the province were beginning to take notice of this young athletic kid who for parts of the OVA season was 1.5 years younger than everyone else (May birthday month). As a 14 year old Shainah was already able to spike touch 10 feet.

In the 2010-2011 season, Shainah played with the 18U Maverick Shotguns, once again as an under-aged athlete but this time the age gap of 2.5 years was between her and some of the elite players in the province that she was competing against. Surprisingly, she did not look out of place when competing against her older teammates and competition.  She helped that team to a Tier 2 National Championship after a bitter disappointment at the Provincial Championships.

That summer Shainah had her first experience with Team Ontario and helped to lead them to an NTTC silver medal finish competing against the elite players in the country. She was happy with what she had accomplished but wanted to develop into an all around volleyball player just not an athlete who can jump (at this point Shainah was touching 10'5).

In the 2011-2012 season, Shainah played her second year as a Maverick Shotgun and helped the team to a 5th place showing at the National Championships. She came to every optional practice offered by coach John Spack (her only Club coach) so that she could work on her passing and defence as she realized that at 6'1 she was not going to be an impact middle blocker and needed to move out to one of the wings to make an impact and attract the attention of the National Team.

Incredibly this upcoming season, 2012-2013, will be Shainah’s third season at the 18U level. She has developed into a top tier volleyball player and one of the most heavily recruited female high school volleyball athletes in North America. A long serving and well-respected NCAA coach tabs Shainah as “in the top 5% in North America and a blue chip athlete”. 

All these achievements aside Shainah’s still had one goal and that was to wear the maple leaf. The Women’s Junior National Team selection camp was held at the same time as the annual NTTCs this year.  The selection committee had their choice amongst the best athletes born in 1994 or younger competing for their respective provincial teams. Shainah a 1995 birth year, was chosen at the completion of the tournament as one of 14 athletes to represent Canada this summer.

Shainah, along with 13 of her new teammates are now in Desmoines, Iowa to compete in the High Performance Championships. It is one of USA Volleyball’s flagship events. The 90+ team event features tournaments for both boys and girls that include teams from USA Volleyball Region HP teams, International teams and teams from the USA Volleyball High Performance pipeline

 Shainah will train with the National Team for the month of August.

Shainah is proof that it starts with a dream and that dreams do come true with hard work and dedication. Congratulations Shainah and best of luck with Team Canada this summer.

“ When you make a mistake, don't look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind, and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power. ”
– Phyllis Bottome