Name: Chaim Schalk
CAN Fund Recipient Since: 2015
Sport: Beach Volleyball
Bronze Medal (FIVB)
Hometown: Red Deer, AB
Horoscope Sign: Taurus
On The National Team Since: 2009
How does being a CAN Fund Recipient make a difference for you?
Having support from CAN Fund is huge for me. My expenses add up so quickly so having some extra funds to help me cover some travel or coaching fees makes a big difference. Now that we are in the Olympic qualification process the help I am receiving from CAN Fund is relieving some of the financial stress that I consistently have.
When was the moment you knew you wanted to represent Canada?
Ever since I watched the Olympic Games as a kid I have dreamed of representing Canada.
How did you get involved in your sport?
I played indoor volleyball as a kid and loved it. Once I made it to the University level I started to spend more time playing Beach Volleyball. The passion I have for the sport led me to the national team in 2009.
What is the best part about representing Canada?
Every time I represent Canada internationally I know that I am making my friends, family, and country proud.
What is your proudest moment?
Placing 5th at the 2013 World Championships in Poland.
What is your pre-game meal?
In the morning it is eggs, lots of meat, tropical fruit and a yam.
What is in your refrigerator right now?
Eggs, chicken, cheese, spinach, fruit, peppers, Greek yogurt, orange juice and ground turkey.
What do you value most in your friends?
Support. My friends are so supportive and whatever time I get to spend with them is always great.
What advice would you give to young kids or teenagers about following their dreams?
In order to reach your dreams you need to work your hardest. Once your work ethic becomes a routine then you will have a chance to make it to the highest level.
If you weren’t a Canadian athlete you would be…?
American… My mom is American and I am engaged to an American. It wouldn’t be my top choice but it makes the most sense.
What is your favourite thing about being on the road with your teammates?
Experiencing new cultures and making new friends with athletes from other countries.
What are you favourite places in the world you have visited?
Norway, Switzerland and Prague.
What three items do you take with you on every road trip?
iPhone, Foam Roller and Computer.
What are your hobbies?
Hiking, Board Games, Music and Movies.
What is your favourite quote?
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” – Wayne Gretzky
What is your favourite sports team?
Who is your favourite athlete?
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Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/chaimschalkathlete