Students Represent Canada at U21 Men’s World Volleyball Championship

 
Former Blyth Academy Ottawa students, and brothers, Jesse and Mathias Elser, will be representing Canada at the U21 Men’s World Volleyball Championship in Manama, Bahrain from July 18th – 27th, 2019. Jesse, Blyth Academy Ottawa Class of ’17, and Mathias, Blyth Academy Online, Class of ’19, have both been members of Volleyball Canada’s National Excellence Program, a program “designed to prepare athletes to perform at the highest level … and to continue their development towards the National Senior Team Program and/or playing professional volleyball.” Jesse was the first high school-aged player invited to be part of the program when he joined in 2016, and Mathias followed in his older brother’s footsteps two years later. This will be the first international tournament in which the brothers represent Canada together, Mathias as a setter, and Jesse as a libero, or defensive specialist. We’re excited to cheer them, and their teammates, on. Go Canada Go!

Jesse Elser

Jesse Elser

Mathias Elser

Mathias Elser

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Going forward, we are staying agile in our responsiveness to developments with COVID-19, always with the health and safety of our community top of mind. We are conducting ongoing planning to confront scenarios as they develop, with an array of options combining virtual classrooms, distancing measures at the schools, and scheduling modifications; all combined with the innovative teaching practices our faculty are developing through collaborative exchanges within and between our campuses. We will have several phases of return to, and if necessary retreat from, the bricks and mortar classrooms at the ready. We will continue consultations with our community and provincial health and education authorities to determine best options as the COVID situation progresses on its non-linear path.

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