As the sport is played two against two, three female and five male duets will represent Canada at the Worlds next September in Belgium. By winning the first of three national qualification tournaments, the two Quebec City teammates became the first Canadian women to qualify.
It was our first tournament together, Pamela and I. We decided to team up to represent Canada, explains Frederique Crete, who forms a duet with the American Jordi Vigna on the circuit of the Spikeball Roundnet Association, in the United States.
Increasingly popular in provincial parks during the summer, the practice of roundnet, commonly known as spikeball, requires only a little space, a ball and a small circular trampoline. Invented in the 1980s in general indifference, the sport was rediscovered two decades later and finally exploded in popularity with the Spikeball brand in the last few years.
Obviously, Quebecers have the touch. Another duo from the Quebec region, Felix-Antoine Lemerise and Alexandre Bellemare, are in good shape to reach the Worlds.
We are certainly the strongest province in Canada. Last year in women, even if we measure ourselves in the United States, which is the world power, we had very good results, relates Frederique Crete, 28 years old.
From rugby to roundnet
Originally from Montreal, she played for five seasons for the Universite de Montreal Carabins rugby team before her job brought her to Quebec City.
When I finished my rugby career three years ago, I had to find another sport and it was there that I discovered roundnet. It will seek skills from many different sports. Badminton players, for example, will be good at traveling. Volleyball players will have an advantage in hitting.
What about rugby?
You have to work hard in both sports, but otherwise it’s not very similar, she says laughing. However, since roundnet is a young sport, good athletes can quickly rise to the top of the world.
Pamela Mimeault, she started the roundnet four years ago with her partner.
We had seen people playing on the beach and some videos on the internet. We thought it looked fun. Gradually, recreational practice has given way to competition, but the native Sagueneen has never participated in an international tournament.
Teammates estimate that they play spikeball at least six hours a week. Outdoors during the summer, in the gym during the winter.
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An evolving sport
With another teammate, Nancy Gougeon, last year, she placed 2nd in the United States Nationals, the most successful tournament in the world before the creation of the Worlds.
We went by car and the grant allowed us to reimburse our trip, says the Quebec resident. Despite the successes, she is far from earning a living with her sport.
But there are more and more sponsors. In this sense, the Worlds will not harm.
We can’t wait to see the caliber. Outside of the United States, among women, we don’t yet know what it’s going to be in the rest of the world.
The second round of Canadian qualification for the Worlds will take place at the Juvenat Notre Dame, in Levis, on March 7 on the sidelines of an imposing tournament opposing teams from four divisions.