DCVI athlete competing in events in Mexico, Thailand nexth month
By Pat Payton
June will be quite a month for Abbey Thorup, of St. Marys, as she competes in world-class beach volleyball events in Mexico and Thailand.
Volleyball Canada recently nominated the DCVI athlete to attend a NORCECA event in Mexico. It runs from June 6 to 10. Both men’s and women’s teams will be competing.
NORCECA is the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation. It is an incorporated, non-profit organization responsible for all volleyball activities that take place in its zone.
In Mexico, Thorup, 18, will compete with long-time playing partner Iris Fletcher, of London. After getting home from Mexico, Thorup will then prepare to head off to the other side of the world (leaving June 13) to compete in the FIVB U-21 world beach volleyball championships. Udonthani, Thailand is hosting the 17th edition of the event, June 18-23.
Thorup will again team up with Fletcher at the Worlds. NCAA players Lea Monkhouse and Jasmine Safar will also represent Canada at the Worlds, which features teams from all corners of the globe.
Monkhouse and Safar are entered in the main draw. Thorup and Fletcher will compete in a qualifier tournament, hoping to earn a spot in the main draw.
Bronze at nationals
Last month (May 12-14), Abbey Thorup competed at the indoor six-a-side nationals in Toronto with her club team, London Volleyball Club. The club finished third and took home the bronze medals.
There was also a special honour for Thorup as she was named one of the six national tournament all-stars, along with teammate Brooke Richards, of London. For Thorup, it was a special way to end her indoor volleyball career. It’s very possibly her last six-a-side event in the sport.
Note: This fall, Abbey Thorup will begin a NCAA Division 1 beach volleyball scholarship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. UAB is located in downtown Birmingham, pop. 210,700, and has an enrollment of about 22,000 students.