The Now Newspaper Volleyball Camp came into existence for a variety of reasons. In the late 1980’s, the Tri City News Basketball Camps were very popular and we felt there was a need for something similar for those interested in volleyball. We felt, that by creating a grassroots volleyball camp, we could spark interest and grow the game locally. At that time there were only 2 volleyball camps available in BC, located in Winfield and Williams Lake, and we wanted to provide the same opportunities for volleyball. In addition, we felt it was good place for multi-sport athletes that were unable to play club volleyball to make up some ground before the school season. We wanted to raise the volleyball level of all athletes, and get them passionate about volleyball. Furthermore, the success experienced by the Maillard Junior Volleyball program and the interest generated by the annual SD43 Elementary Volleyball tournament sparked a major desire and interest for athletes to start playing volleyball and playing in the NOW Volleyball Camp.
We were fortunate that the daughter of editor of the Coquitlam Now was an avid volleyball player, and the newspaper kindly provided advertisement for the Camp. Hence, the name the Now Volleyball Camp. The initial camps were organized by Lawrence Vea, Gary Yip and Carlo Muro. The first camp was held in the summer of 1990 and received rave reviews from it’s participants. Since then, the camp has continually grown into one of the longest successfully running volleyball camps in the country. We believe that the camp’s success lies in the fact that we have stayed true to our original goals, which was to provide high level training for athletes and give them a memorable experience that grows their passion for the game.
Numerous athletes that have attended the camp have gone on to play at the Post Secondary and Professional level. We are thankful that we have had the opportunity to work with thousands of athletes over the years, and help them become better at playing volleyball, and cultivating their love of volleyball.
Thank you for choosing to be a part of the NOW Volleyball Camp, thank you for training and sharing your experiences with us, and thank you for carrying on our traditions.
Lawrence Vea (Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame Builders Inductee 2014) and Carlo Muro (BC School Sports Coach of the Year 2009)