Perrin remembers TRU
The TRU WolfPack volleyball program is still in its infancy, but Gord Perrin could easily be its greatest product to date.
The Creston product returned to campus this week for the first time since joining the Volleyball Canada National Training Centre in 2010.
“I had some mixed emotions as I walked in here today,” Perrin said.
“I have a lot of memories. I walked around campus last night. I miss it a little bit. I loved the gym and playing here.”
The 6-foot-6 WolfPack product is coaching at Volleyball B.C.’s Baden Cup, an under-16 and under-17 evaluation camp that wraps up today at the Tournament Capital Centre.
Perrin was a Canadian Interuniversity Sports first-team, second-team and all-rookie-team all star and a Canada West rookie of the year.
He was also a tournament all star in 2008, when he led the WolfPack to a bronze medal finish at nationals in Laval.
That season turned out to be the best he would be a part of with TRU.
After starring with the junior-national program during his time with TRU, he is now not only a member of Canada’s senior national A team, but Perrin also plays professionally in Turkey.
“It is a great experience to play for your country,” he said.
“I love it. To compete against other nations . . . it’s a feeling.”
Perrin recalled playing in front of almost 2,000 fans at TRU and thinking that was a rush.
With his professional club, Perrin has played in front of crowds more than seven times that size.
“When we play in Poland, the crowds are immense,” he said.
“We had our final four there and there were 15,000 people there.
“We played there twice. It was incredible.”
Perrin was thrilled to be giving back to TRU this week at the TCC.
“I clearly remember playing for this team,” he said.
“I want to give back to the kids. My mom convinced me that I was one of these kids once.
“I will always be a B.C. alumni. I want to help the kids be the best they can be.”
— TRU Sports Information