She plays basketball and is a goalkeeper in soccer, so volleyball, it seems, is a natural fit.
Suttira Johansen will be off to Nanaimo come July 17 to 20 as part of the Northwest team for the B.C. Summer Games, and she’ll be doing it for the latter sport’s under-16 team, one she’s only been playing for three years.
“Playing on the Charles Hays basketball team was really helpful just to work on jumping and in soccer, I’m a goalkeeper and can reach the top of the net,” said Johansen last week.
The outside hitter is the only Prince Rupert native to make the volleyball team. She’ll join two girls from Smithers and nine from Terrace, a place in which she’s pretty familiar playing.
“Last year, I got invited by the Terrace coach to come play on their club team so every Sunday I go to Terrace to practice and then we’ve gone to provincials twice,” she said.
The outside hitter’s role is to spike the ball and is the main passer on offense.
It’s the first time Johansen’s made the B.C. Summer Games team for any sport. This was her first tryout as well.