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Ethan Nashim (21)

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I have been playing sports all of my life, starting from when I first learned how to walk. My dad grew up playing a variety of sports throughout his life, which definitely impacted the start of my sporting career greatly. I started off playing hockey, and baseball, but throughout the years, I ended up playing soccer, badminton, basketball, and participating in track and field events, as well as cross-country events. In the 6th grade, my parents thought it would be a great idea for me to try out for the junior high volleyball team. I was currently attending Dr. Swift Middle School, and although I played on the team throughout junior high, it was a rough couple years for the team. Once high school came around, I ended up traveling with the varsity volleyball team to every tournament throughout the year, despite my ability to play because of being too young. I went to a high school that did not have a strong program around sports and at the time never had a junior varsity team for me to play on, so getting the most out of the awkward year was the best idea for me. Once grade 10 hit, I started off my varsity volleyball career starting in my first ever tournament due to our starting setter spraining his ankle in the first game. It was my first real opportunity to show my team, and my opponents what I could really do. Although I am sure I did not turn too many heads, I did end up winning a team most valuable player award for putting in as much effort possible and leaving everything on the court. Once 11th grade came around, I built a great relationship with my coach and was announced the captain of the varsity volleyball team. It was a great achievement in my volleyball career to have this title. We had a quite unsuccessful year, despite having many great athletes on our team. Our best finish of the year was winning silver at the annual Cold Lake tournament losing in two sets to a strong Meadow Lake team from Saskatchewan. At the end of that year, I decided that volleyball was something I was passionate about and wanted to continue to put work in, and so I decided to try out for the Plamondon Volleyball Club. Once again we did not have a very successful year throughout the club season, but I would not be the player I am today without taking that extra step. Once grade 12 came around, I really knew that volleyball is what I wish to do for the rest of my life and that I want to one day turn this into a career. We had a successful season in my grade 12 year. Despite only having 8 players on our roster, our passion and chemistry as a team led us to win all but 7 games all season. Unfortunately, we only came out on top in one tournament that year which happened to be our home tournament in which we call Wow Pow. To this day, that is the greatest achievement I have in my volleyball career, and I was rewarded a tournament Most Valuable Player prize of a bag to remind me of that day every time I see it. That club season, me and my father decided to take it upon ourselves and create our own club team, where we recruited the best players of towns in the area and all met and practiced in my hometown of Lac La Biche. We called ourselves the Mad Dogs Volleyball Club. I like to think that, that club season was a success for everyone involved on the team, from opening doors for playing with other schools, to building bonds with people from different towns that all of us are not too familiar with. The summer after I graduated, I was asked to represent my province in the 2017 North American Indigenous Games in Toronto. I was fortunate and grateful to be presented this opportunity and through this, we won the silver medal losing a close battle to Saskatchewan in the finals, and I was offered a spot on the roster for the Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves. Instead of taking the offer for the upcoming year, I decided to take a year off of school and promised the coach that I would take up on that offer the following season. Halfway through the year, I decided that I was ready for a change. I wanted to really get myself ready for my collegiate career and decided to move up to Grande Praire to live with my auntie and uncle and play for the 18U Wolves Club. This season is one of the most memorial of all of my volleyball career, due to the fact that we had much success throughout the year. We built upon each other and although we were undersized for the league we were playing in, we ended up placing 5th in the province in our final tournament. After that amazing season of volleyball, I was ready for college. I played my first season with the Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves in 2017-2018, and it was life-changing. We ended up falling short of the playoffs, but for the training and dedication everyone has put in throughout the year, I know that next season is going to be one that I will never forget. At the end of this past season, I was contacted by the coach from the Mount Royal University Cougars to potentially play for them this upcoming year. It really brought light to my eyes and showed me what I can really achieve and after flying down and taking a tour of the school, I realized I was not ready for that shift quite yet and that my heart still lies in Grande Prairie, playing for the Wolves, at least for another year.

Born 1998 (age 21)
Coach Mitchell Schneider
Club Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves

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