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Simon Tate reps for Team Canada at volleyball championships

Delta player has hopes of playing full-time one day for national team
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Delta Secondary volleyball player Simon Tate recently competed for Team Canada at the U19 NORCECA Continental Championships in Puerto Rico. Ian Jacques Photo

South Delta’s Simon Tate continues to impress, this time on the national volleyball stage.

Last year, the current Grade 11 student at Delta Secondary played for Team BC. Earlier this month, he took another step forward playing for Team Canada for the first time at the 2024 U19 NORCECA Continental Championships in Puerto Rico.

“He has been a standout for the program here at the school,” said DSS athletic director Andrew Robson. “He is a great kid. He leads by example, always has his head down and works really hard. He has been a pleasure to coach in the two years that I have had him in the program. It is not a surprise to me that he is doing well because of how coachable he is and the type of athlete he has been for us. It has been a lot of fun to see him progress and get better, and obviously working hard to get to the national level.”

Tate said the Team BC experience last summer was in Ontario, so this time around with the national team was a much higher level and a unique experience in Puerto Rico.

“The gym with the fans was kind of crazy when we played Puerto Rico, but it was a really cool experience,” he said. “I’m hoping I can play with the national team one day, so that’s for sure the goal.”

The team finished fourth at the tournament and are still waiting to see if they qualified for worlds which would be in the summer of 2025.

He is also waiting to hear if he will head to Quebec in the fall for the National Excellence program through Volleyball Canada.

Tate’s first sport of choice was baseball, but he was turned on to volleyball by his sister.

“I played baseball until Grade 9. My sister always played volleyball and she says, ‘you're tall and you should also play’ and Robson would see me in the halls and say’ you should be playing volleyball,’ so one thing led to another and just kept playing and I love it,” he said.