The Province Feature: Kaden Gamache, 2016 Head of the Class

He's off to join the TWU volleyball team

By Howard Tsumura

"You know there is something special about an athlete when he makes his senior varsity volleyball debut as a fifth-grader and afterwards, winds up being hoisted onto the shoulders of his Grade 11-12 teammates and carried off the court.

“My dad was the head coach of the senior boys team (at MEI) and they needed someone to keep stats on the bench,” remembers Kaden Gamache who was thrilled to get an extra day off school to travel with the team to a tournament just outside of Kelowna back in 2008.

“In the first match, he taps me on the shoulder and says ‘You might be going in here to serve.’ I put on this jersey that went way past my knees, then I said a little prayer and just hoped I could get the ball over the net. But then I went out and served seven in a row with two aces. We won. The team carried me off the court, and the next season, I quit playing hockey.”

As amazing as the story is, Gamache actually lived up to the promise of that moment, and over the remainder of his time at the K-to-12 Abbotsford school, starred with a Class of 2016 group that dominated like few others have in provincial history."

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