Mac’s Cupido gets Olympic volleyball chance

Volleyball Canada has turned to a former McMaster Marauder and Canadian Interuniversity Sports All-Canadian to help get its best beach volleyball players into this summer’s 2012 Olympic Games in London.

McMaster’s Colleen Cupido has been appointed Coordinator of Therapy Services and Therapist for the Canadian National Beach Volleyball Team. She is currently the manager of McMaster’s David Braley Sport Medicine and Rehabilitation Centre, as well as being a registered physiotherapist. A McMaster alumnus, Cupido was the first Marauder women’s volleyball player to achieve All-Canadian status and spent time on the Canadian national team.

“I retired from the national team in 1994, so this is like coming full circle because I always dreamt about playing in the Olympics and this is a second chance to be part of the summer games,” Cupido said.

Cupido will be responsible for the coordination of medical coverage and therapy services for high performance beach volleyball athletes, identified by Volleyball Canada. She will be traveling with the Canadian team this summer to provide support to the athletes in their quest for a berth to compete in the London games.

“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of the Olympic Games,” Cupido said. “It just seemed like a great fit to combine my sports medicine background with my volleyball experience. It’s going to be a very busy schedule, but if we can qualify some Canadian teams for London, it will be an amazing summer.”

The Canadian Beach Volleyball Team will be competing at the NORCECA Continental Beach Volleyball Cup in Mexico, June 19-24, to attempt to qualify for the London Games. If any Team Canada pairs fail to win but can finish in the top-three in Mexico, they will compete at a last chance qualifier at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup in Tortoli, Italy, June 25-July 2.