Chang sisters representing Canada at international volleyball competition

News Article / June 1, 2018

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By Lieutenant (Navy) Janet Lang

Three Canadian Armed Forces sisters are representing Canada at the Conseil international du sport militaire (CISM) 19th World Military Volleyball Championships hosted by Canada in Edmonton, Alberta, from May 28 to June 3, 2018.

The Conseil international du sport militaire (International Military Sports Council) is an international military sports organization with 136 member countries. The fundamental aim of CISM is to promote sport activity and physical education between armed forces as a means to foster world peace.

Lieutenant Cassidy Chang is a Royal Canadian Air Force aerospace engineer officer at 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron in Valcartier, Quebec. She attended RMCC from 2012 to 2016, graduating with a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and received the HRH Price of Wales Award in her fourth year. She was the starting Setter for her four years at RMCC and ended her season with the CIS Award of Merit. Lieutenant Cassidy Chang has been a member of this team since 2014 and will be representing Canada as the setter this year.  

Lieutenant Delanie Chang is an Air Force logistics officer at 407 Long Range Patrol Squadron in Comox, British Columbia. She attended RMCC from 2012 to 2016 and graduated with a Bachelors in Business Administration. She played varsity volleyball all throughout her studies at RMCC and received team MVP and the All Canadian Academic Award in her fourth year. Lieutenant Delanie Chang is ranked number one in digs for the tournament last year in Mayport, Florida at her first CISM championship. This year, she will be representing Canada as an outside hitter.

Lieutenant (Navy) Kelsey Chang is a naval reserve personnel selection officer working at 33rd Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario. She attended the Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC) from 2009-2013 and graduated with a Bachelors of Military Psychology and Leadership. During her studies, she was an active member of the RMCC varsity volleyball team, and received team MVP and the All Canadian Academic Award in her fourth year. Lieutenant (Navy) Chang has been a member of the CISM team since 2011 and has played both libero and setter; this year she will be representing Canada as the libero.

The CISM program was created in 1948 to bring countries together to gain “Friendship through Sport” and is one of the largest multidisciplinary organizations in the world. During World Military Games, held every four years, athletes from all the sports come together to compete. During the other years, World Championships for individual sports are held. This year Canada is hosting both men’s and women’s volleyball. This will lead Canada and its athletes to the next CISM World Games in China next year.

Lieutenant (Navy) Kelsey Chang, Lieutenant Cassidy Chang and Lieutenant Delanie Chang are originally from Ladner, British Columbia, and attended high school in Richmond, British Columbia at Hugh McRoberts Secondary School.

This is the first year that all three Chang sisters will be representing Canada together and they are beyond excited to do it at home! They wanted to make a special shout out to their high school coaches: Trish Nicholson and Stephanie Knowles. The sisters say their coaches made them fall in love with the game, which led them on this journey to represent Canada at an international level.

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