Danielle Ellis contributed 18 points to earn a bronze medal for Team Canada in Peru at the Parapan American Games. (Canadian Paralympic Committee/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

UPDATED: Langley volleyball captain helps Team Canada earn bronze in Peru

Danielle Ellis contributed 18 points to gain a victory over host team at Parapan American Games

Canada’s men’s and women’s sitting volleyball teams both reached the podium at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru Aug. 29, with the help of a Langley player.

Danielle Ellis, the 27-year-old women’s team captain, contributed 18 points to Canada’s effort on Wednesday night to defeat host team Peru, 3-0, which earned them a bronze medal.

“To get a bronze today is so exciting for our country,” said Ellis. “Of course we wanted that gold medal match but bronze is great. We knew what we needed to work on, and we were able to swing on some things today and work on our tactics. It was a great feeling to be out there”

The Canadian men posted a 3-0 win over Colombia in their bronze medal match. Captain Doug Learoyd led the charge with 12 points, followed by Darek Symonowicz with 10.

Ellis said the experience as a whole was an indescribable and physically demanding experience.

“The 2019 ParaPan American Games in Lima was quite the experience. It was my second major games and it is always so exciting to be surrounded by athletes, all day, every day,” Ellis said. “To be able to put in 110 per cent of my mental and physical effort every day into my passion is a feeling…I can’t begin to describe. It was also really great that our team had a mix of veteran and new players, people from all walks being able to experience this together.”

This is the third Parapan American Games in a row that the men’s sitting volleyball team has taken home bronze and the second bronze for the women – they had the same result at Toronto 2015.

Next for the team is going to be a last-chance qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

“Overall I’m very proud of our team. We worked extremely hard this summer to bridge the gap between ourselves and two of the top ranked teams in the World,” Ellis added. “We’ll be headed to a last chance qualifier in March and we know that we have a chance at Tokyo if we continue to work hard and train hard every day. Everything happens for a reason and I can’t wait to get back to the grind and show the Countries of the World what Canadians can do.”

_________________________________

Is there more to this story?

Email: ryan.uytdewilligen@langleyadvancetimes.com

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter

_________________________________

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

History made in draw 1 of 2020 New Holland Canadian Junior Championship in Langley

Champion curler Carly Smith is an amputee competing with other able bodied athletes

Olatoke sets new Spartans record in Edmonton

Langley-based university off to a good start at Golden Bear Open

Critter Care calls out conservation officer after dropping off bear cub covered in ice

Ice can be seen in video matted into emaciated bear cub’s fur

LETTER: Langley man suggests seniors deserve more from taxpayers

Seniors who rely on CPP and Old Age Allowance are stretched

‘Like an ATM’: World’s first biometric opioid-dispensing machine launches in B.C.

First-of-its-kind dispensing machine unveiled in the Downtown Eastside with hopes of curbing overdose deaths

Canucks extend home win streak to 8 with 4-1 triumph over Sharks

Victory lifts Vancouver into top spot in NHL’s Pacific Division

BC Green Party leader visits northern B.C. pipeline protest site

Adam Olsen calls for better relationship between Canada, British Columbia and First Nations

Horgan cancels event in northern B.C. due to security concerns, says Fraser Lake mayor

The premier will still be visiting the city, but the location and day will not be made public

B.C. landlord sentenced to two years in jail for torching his own rental property

Wei Li was convicted of intentionally lighting his rental property on fire in October 2017

VIDEO: Highway 1 left looking like winter war zone with dozens of stranded vehicles

Tow-truck driver says 30 vehicles still dot snowy landscape, including one rolled-over dairy truck

PHOTOS: Eastern Newfoundland reeling, search underway for missing man after blizzard

More than 70 centimetres of new snow fell overnight, creating whiteout conditions

Prince Harry, Meghan to give up ‘royal highness’ titles

‘Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family,’ says Queen Elizabeth II

Canada Post driver in hospital after ice smashes windshield at Massey Tunnel

Incident happened on Richmond side of the Massey Tunnel

Most Read