Canada qualifies for the Paralympic Games in women’s sitting volleyball

Canadian Paralympic Committee

November 17, 2023

Semifinal victory at World Cup clinches berth


CAIRO (Volleyball Canada) –   Canada won its semifinal match on Friday at 2023 WPV Sitting Volleyball World Cup and as the highest ranked team yet to qualify for the 2024 Paralympic Games, Canada has earned the women’s berth from this tournament.

Despite a last-ditch comeback attempt by its opponent, Canada beat Germany 3-0 (25-13, 25-17, 25-23). Canada is undefeated at this World Cup tournament with one match to go.

Team captain Danielle Ellis was elated: “We worked so hard to get to this game and we fought for every point out there on court today! I’m so proud of every athlete and staff member on this team. See you in Paris!”

Canada faces the other semi winner (China which beat Brazil in the other semi) in the gold-medal final on Saturday. China has already qualified for Paris via its Zonal Championships.

“We’re going to Paris and I couldn’t be more proud that,” said Canada’s head coach Nicole Ban after the semi. “We’ve been talking about this moment since World Championships one year ago (Canada was second at the Worlds).

‘’We’ve been focused on the process, on believing in this group, and trusting each other despite adversity. We accomplished our goal of qualifying and we have one more game that lies ahead, a gold medal match tomorrow against China.”

Canada’s match vs China is at 16:00 in Egypt, which is 9 am EST; 7 am MT; and 6 am PT on Saturday, Nov. 18  

Schedule overview:

Nov. 13 – CAN vs. BRA – 3-1 (15-25,25-21, 25-22, 25-20).

Nov. 14 –  SLO vs. CAN (am) 1-3 (21-25, 17-25, 25-18, 14-25); CAN vs. UKR (pm) 3-0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-16)

Nov. 15 – NED vs. CAN 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-8)

Nov. 16 – Quarterfinals CAN def EGY

Nov. 17 – Semifinals CAN def GER

Nov. 18 – Finals CAN vs CHN



Julie Kozun, Melfort, SK

Danielle Ellis, White Rock, BC

Jennifer Oakes, Calgary, AB

Angelena Dolezar, St. Albert, AB

Anne Fergusson, Carleton Place, ON

Jolan Wong, Vermilion, AB

Sarah Melenka, Vegreville, AB

Jayme Lynne Lepp, Vancouver, BC

Heidi Peters, Neerlandia, AB

Katelyn Wright, Edmonton, AB

Felicia Voss-Shafiq, Burnaby, BC

Jennifer McCreesh, Smithers, BC

Allison Lang, Edmonton, AB



Nicole Ban, head coach

Chelsea Hobbs, assistant coach 

Kate Rozendaal, assistant coach

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