Mariners in the news: Former athlete of the year eyes Olympics

November 17, 2011 - 4:00am

Maverick Hatch having a ball on the beach

By Earle Couper - Comox Valley Record

Since switching from baseball to volleyball way back in high school, Maverick Hatch has never looked back. Now he's looking ahead – to the Summer Olympics.

Hatch is one of Canada's top beach volleyball players and, along with partner Sam Schachter of Richmond Hill, Ont., has his sights set on a trip to London for the 2012 Summer Games or, more realistically, to Rio for the 2016 Olympics.

The team is coming off a highly successful 2011 season which saw Hatch collect seven tournament gold medals (including a "double crown" sweep of two of Canada's biggest beach volleyball events, the Center of Gravity and Vancouver Open), make finals in two Swiss tourneys and win silver at the Canadian national championships.

"A highlight would definitely be finishing ninth in Quebec, the first Canadian FIVB World Tour tournament in Canada since 2006," Hatch said. "It was our first top 10 FIVB result and happened in our first year on tour, and as a team."

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