Volleyball Kent Camps returns with strong attendance

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Volleyball Kent Camps were back on the pitch this week for their 34th edition after a two-year absence linked to the pandemic.

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Volleyball Kent Camps were back on the pitch this week for their 34th edition after a two-year absence linked to the pandemic.

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The four-day junior and intermediate camps ended Friday at St. Clair College’s Chatham Campus HealthPlex with 116 players, up from 105 players at the last camps in 2019.

“It’s good to see some growth,” said co-director Melissa Bartlett, head coach of women’s volleyball at Western University.

The junior camp for grades 2-6 had 40 participants, while the intermediate camp for grades 6-9 had 76 participants.

Camp alumni include Team Canada players Bartlett, Adam Kaminski and Sarah Pavan.

Dozens of former campers have played on college and university teams. Many have been on provincial teams and a few have played professionally.

Dante McKaig, 14, throws the ball during a game at Kent's Annual Volleyball Camps at St. Clair College's Chatham HealthPlex campus in Chatham, Ont., Friday, August 5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News /Postmedia Network
Dante McKaig, 14, throws the ball during a game at Kent’s Annual Volleyball Camps at St. Clair College’s Chatham HealthPlex campus in Chatham, Ont., Friday, August 5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News /Postmedia Network
Maya Griffioen, 13, makes a pass during a game at the annual Volleyball Kent Camps at St. Clair College's Chatham Campus HealthPlex in Chatham, Ont., Friday, August 5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network
Maya Griffioen, 13, makes a pass during a game at the annual Volleyball Kent Camps at St. Clair College’s Chatham Campus HealthPlex in Chatham, Ont., Friday, August 5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network
Ruby Garneau returns as Sydney Phillips looks on during the annual Kent Volleyball Camps at the Chatham Campus HealthPlex at St. Clair College in Chatham, Ont., Friday, August 5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network
Ruby Garneau returns as Sydney Phillips looks on during the annual Kent Volleyball Camps at the Chatham Campus HealthPlex at St. Clair College in Chatham, Ont., Friday, August 5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network
Claire Perini, 11, serves during the annual Kent Volleyball Camps at St. Clair College's Chatham Campus HealthPlex in Chatham, Ont., Friday, Aug. 5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network
Claire Perini, 11, serves during the annual Kent Volleyball Camps at St. Clair College’s Chatham Campus HealthPlex in Chatham, Ont., Friday, Aug. 5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network
Johyna Vanderveen, 13, makes a pass during Kent's annual volleyball camps at St. Clair College's Chatham HealthPlex campus in Chatham, Ont., Friday, Aug. 5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network
Johyna Vanderveen, 13, makes a pass during Kent’s annual volleyball camps at St. Clair College’s Chatham HealthPlex campus in Chatham, Ont., Friday, Aug. 5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network
Hannah Leidl, 10, prepares to serve during the annual Kent Volleyball Camps at the Chatham Campus HealthPlex at St. Clair College in Chatham, Ont., Friday, August 5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network
Hannah Leidl, 10, prepares to serve during the annual Kent Volleyball Camps at the Chatham Campus HealthPlex at St. Clair College in Chatham, Ont., Friday, August 5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network
Sydney Phillips, 12, looks back as Ruby Garneau looks on during the annual Kent Volleyball Camps at St. Clair College's Chatham HealthPlex campus in Chatham, Ont., Friday, August 5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/ Postmedia Network
Sydney Phillips, 12, looks back as Ruby Garneau looks on during the annual Kent Volleyball Camps at St. Clair College’s Chatham HealthPlex campus in Chatham, Ont., Friday, August 5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/ Postmedia Network
Sarah Buchanan returns during the annual Kent Volleyball Camps at the Chatham HealthPlex campus of St. Clair College in Chatham, Ont., Friday, August 5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network
Sarah Buchanan returns during the annual Kent Volleyball Camps at the Chatham HealthPlex campus of St. Clair College in Chatham, Ont., Friday, August 5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network
Kaitlyn Kelly returns during Kent's annual volleyball camps at St. Clair College's Chatham HealthPlex campus in Chatham, Ont., Friday, August 5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network
Kaitlyn Kelly returns during Kent’s annual volleyball camps at St. Clair College’s Chatham HealthPlex campus in Chatham, Ont., Friday, August 5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network
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