Gavin Schmitt (photo courtesy of FIVB).

Former Huskie headed to the Olympics

Former University of Saskatchewan Huskies volleyball star Gavin Schmitt is going to the Olympics.

The 30-year-old six-foot-10 middle blocker from Saskatoon helped Canada’s national men’s volleyball team qualify for the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro when Canada won its final game at the last-chance Olympic qualifying tournament in Tokyo. It’s the first time in 24 years that Canada has qualified for the Olympics in men’s volleyball.

“We’re coming and this is just the start for this group,” Schmitt told CBC Sports on the weekend. “We’re a young group. (We want a) medal around our neck. We don’t want to settle for anything less. We’re not going there to be tourists. We’re going there to win some medals and we’re going to get on that podium.”

See more at CBC Road to the Olympic Games.

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