Sisters represent Canada at international volleyball championship

The Chang Sisters
The Chang Sisters in their Canadian Armed Forces uniforms. Photo: Robert Schwartz, 3 CDSB Edmonton Imagery

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By Lieutenant (Navy) Janet Lang

Lieutenant (Navy) Kelsey Chang, Lieutenant Cassidy Chang, and Lieutenant Delanie Chang represented Canada at the Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM) 19th World Military Women’s Volleyball Championship hosted by Canada in Edmonton, Alberta from May 28 to June 3.

Canada finished sixth at the Women’s Championship. To learn more, visit the CISM website.

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Lieutenant (Navy) Kelsey Chang is a Naval Reserve Personnel Selection Officer for the 33rd Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters in Ottawa. Lt(N) Chang attended the Royal Military College (RMC) from 2009 to 2013, and graduated with a Bachelors of Military Psychology and Leadership. During her studies, she was an active member of the RMC Varsity Volleyball team, and received team MVP and the Academic All-Canadian Award in her fourth year. Kelsey has been a member of the CISM team since 2011, and has played both libero and setter.

Lt Cassidy Chang is an Air Force Aerospace Engineer Officer at 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron in Valcartier, Que. Cassidy attended RMC from 2012 to 2016. She graduated with a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering, and received the HRH Prince of Wales Award in her fourth year. She was the starting setter for her four years at RMC, and ended her season with the CISM Award of Merit. Cassidy has been a member of the CISM team since 2014.

Lt Delanie Chang is an Air Force Logistics Officer at 470 Long Range Patrol Squadron in Comox, B.C. Delanie attended RMC from 2012 to 2016, and graduated with a Bachelors in Business Administration. She played varsity volleyball throughout her studies at RMC, and received team MVP and the Academic All-Canadian Award in her fourth year. This year, Delanie represented Canada as an outside hitter.

The CISM program was created in 1948 in order to bring countries together to gain “friendship through sport.” With 134 member countries, CISM is one of the largest multidisciplinary organizations in the world. The World Military Games are held every four years, with athletes from all sports coming together to compete. During the off years, there are individual sports World Championships. This year, Canada hosted both Men’s and Women’s Volleyball. This was an amazing opportunity for Canada, as it will lead the team into the next CISM World Games in China in 2019.

The Chang sisters wanted to give a special shout out to their high school coaches, Trish Nicholson and Stephanie Knowles. They say it was them who made them fall in love with the game, leading them on this journey to represent Canada at an international level.

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