Pakmen take centre stage at Nationals

By DAVID WINER Volleyball has many hotspots in the country. Volleyball Canada in Ottawa, the men's and women's indoor training facilities in Gatineau, Q.C. and Richmond, B.C. and the beach centre in Downsview. But, in reality, the epicenter; the country's heartbeat is in Mississauga... home of the Pakmen Volleyball Club. "The last wave of ... More

Pakmen celebrate after a dozen medals at Provincials

By DAVID WINER Ten clubs celebrated victory at the 2024 OVA Ontario Championships, but only one club could consider itself party central. While some established big name clubs struggled, the Pakmen Volleyball Club harvested a bountiful crop of medals in the seven divisions up for grabs climbing the podium a dozen times, while just missing ... More

Pakmen bask in beach glory at Nationals

By DAVID WINER It was just another day at the beach for members of the Pakmen Volleyball Club. Other than the pomp and circumstance associated with the annual Beach Nationals at Toronto's Ashbridge's Bay, Pakmen did what they usually do--dominate and win. It made little difference that the country's best players were in attendance ... More

Star Academy continues to give Pakmen a helping hand

By DAVID WINER When COVID-19 swept across our shores in March of 2020 igniting a modern-day plague, it filled our lives with fear. Our days consisted of staring at all four walls in our homes, or waiting in ever stretching lines to purchase what little was still on store shelves In just two months, restaurants, pubs, houses of worship, ... More

Javelin Sports: More Than Just a Game

Written by: Javelin Sports In Toronto, growth in the volleyball community is at an all-time high, and at the centre of this bustling community is an emerging platform that connects local volleyball players to training sessions, drop-in games, and tournaments all through an app on your phone. The Javelin App is a volleyball-focused platform ... More

Pakmen own the podium at OVA Beach Provincials

By DAVID WINER Special The Pakmen have drawn a line in the sand that may never be crossed. Competing at the Ontario Volleyball Association Beach Provincials, the Pakmen Volleyball Club prevailed with a flurry of gold medal performances that would confound the most optimistic prognosticator. "It was a record performance!" said ecstatic ... More

Pakmen are once again setting the pace

By DAVID WINER Volleyball in this country is about to get a new look. Not a nip here and a tuck there, but a complete facelift that will dramatically elevate the future of the sport in Canada. Instilling a new level of respect internationally for the way Canada develops its future stars through the ranks. Leading the charge in this ... More

Couple’s generosity comes with no ‘Strings’ attached

By DAVID WINER Hope Han knows a successful teacher needs infinite patience. The perfect blend of expertise, encouragement and time to procure the very best results. With such guidance a student can truly become talented at anything from scholastics, to music, to sports. As the owners and operators of Infiniti Strings in Markham, Han ... More

Pakmen Volleyball Camp is once again a full go

By DAVID WINER A game-changing idea can originate anywhere, anytime...from a boardroom to a classroom. Such a plan, conceived by a Grade 8 student at David Leeder Middle School a couple decades ago, has been paying enormous dividends for the Pakmen Volleyball Club ever since. With the help of his fellow classmates, that initial project by ... More

Pakmen sweep 18U Provincial titles

By DAVID WINER The Pakmen Volleyball Club pulled off an exceptional feat at the recent Ontario Provincial Championships at Toronto's Enercare Centre. In addition to finishing as the top club for the 11th consecutive year with four golds, one silver and four bronze medals, Pakmen achieved the rare golden sweep in the 18U category for both ... More