Powell representing N.S. at Canada Cup U-16 volleyball

FALL RIVER: The volleyball bloodlines that run through the Fall River and Waverley area has once again led a local player to representing her province at a national tournament—this time on home soil for the very first time.

Breagh Powell, of Fall River, will represent Volleyball Nova Scotia (VNS) at the Canada Cup U16 volleyball championships, being held July 18-21 in Halifax. It’s the first time it’s been held in Halifax.

“I was extremely excited when I heard the news,” said Powell. “I wasn’t really expecting it. I’m very fortunate I got a position on the team.

“It’s a lot to process almost because wearing your provincial flag while you’re playing can get to you sometimes.”

The Lockview High student said it means everything to her to represent N.S. She plays club volleyball with Sackville Sonics.

“It’s a really big opportunity,” she said. “It’s going to be a lot of work as there’s a lot of training with it it in such a short time.

“I’m really looking forward to see how it plays out for me.”

Powell, a Grade 11 student, said her expectations are level, but the competition she expects to be up tempo, especially with teams from B.C., Alberta, and Ontario.

“Those are some big teams coming from out west here,” she said.

She hopes to learn some new skills from the tournament.

“I’m playing with a lot of players that I’ve looked up to since I started,” she said. “I’m excited to learn things from them and pick up skills.”

Powell is looking to take advantage of this opportunity for the future.

“I think this definitely opens up some doors for me for provincial team-wise as I know I can try out for Team Atlantic and Canada Games, too,” she said.

The tournament takes place at Dalplex and everyone is encouraged to come watch.

Two other members of Lockview High’s varsity team will also wear the VNS colours this summer. Amy Carey made the U17 Eastern Elite provincial team and Lianne Rogers is on the U15 squad. They all tried out at Elite Development Camp (EDC).