Cyr Invited to Canadian National Team Tryout
BOULDER University of Colorado redshirt freshman Megan Cyr has been invited to try out for the Canadian Senior Women's Volleyball National Team.
"It's always an honor to get the chance to tryout to represent your country," Cyr said. "It's a dream come true. You grow up and watch them play, and now to think that this is a possibility for me is amazing. I didn't think that I would have the chance so soon to achieve this dream."
Cyr, a native of St. Andrews, Manitoba, was one of 56 selected for the tryout, which will take place May 17-21 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was a member of the Canadian Junior National Team last summer and was named the top volleyball player in Manitoba in 2007 as a senior. Cyr is one of the youngest trying out for the team as she will turn 19 on June 1.
"I'm really excited for the opportunity," she explained. "We (the junior team) trained against them last year and now to think that I could be on the opposite side training is a great opportunity. I really think that I'm in the best shape of my life thanks to the training this spring and that will be huge heading into the try out."
Cyr knows that the competition is going to be tough, but also feels that she has a chance since she has had the opportunity to work with Tom Hogan, CU assistant coach and former USA Women's Volleyball National Team assistant, as he knows what it takes to make it to that level.
"Megan's invitation to try out for the Canadian National Team program is a feather in her cap and a huge positive for this program," Kritza said. "Anytime a player has the opportunity to compete at the international level, I am fully supportive of pursuing those playing experiences, because it enhances their development as a player.
"She has been recognized as one of the elite Canadian players, and her offseason training here will undoubtedly aid in her preparation for this tryout."
The purpose of this camp is to identify and select athletes who will have an immediate as well as long-term impact on the Senior National Team. Athletes who are selected at the conclusion of the camp will be asked to stay in Winnipeg to train with either the Senior A National Team or the Senior B/FISU Games Team. The main competitive objective for the Senior A Team for this season is qualification for the 2010 World Championship. For the Senior B/FISU Team, it is for a top 10 finish at the World University Games in Serbia from July 1-12.
The complete list of invitees is available at: http://www.volleyball.ca/files/09CampInvites.pdf.