There was good news for Courtenay’s Mark Valliere this week when Golf Canada announced the names of the athletes who have been selected to represent Team Canada as part of the 2013 National Amateur Golf Team.
As part of the National Amateur Team Program, Golf Canada also named a 22-and-under Development Squad which features six male and five female athletes. The Development Squad is designed to help facilitate the continued development of Canada’s top young players and Valliere is on the men’s team.
The 18-year-old Valliere joins the Development Team for the first time after a strong season. The Courtenay golfer posted a fourth-place finish at the Canadian Junior Boys Championship and also finished tied for 39th at the 2012 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship.
He finished in the top-15 at both the B.C. Amateur Championship and B.C. Junior Boys Championship and finished as the runner-up at the CN Future Links Pacific Championship earlier this year.
These are busy days for Valliere. He recently accepted a golf scholarship at University of Texas Arlington and will be attending classes there next September. The Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community member is also one of the finalists for Team BC to represent the province at the 2013 Canada Summer Games next year in Quebec.
Canada’s National Amateur Team program incorporates advanced coaching, sport science expertise, training camps and world-class competition.
Golf Canada allocates over $1 million of its resources annually to the National Team program, encompassing strength and conditioning, sports psychology, nutrition, biomechanics and technique development.
Players who are selected to the National Amateur and National Developmental Teams represent Canada at six to 10 internationally-sanctioned golf competitions throughout the year. The intent of this comprehensive program is to aid Canada’s top up-and-coming amateur players in all areas of their development, helping Canada produce the best golfers in the world.
Team Canada, the pinnacle of Golf Canada’s High Performance Program, provides access to world-class resources including coaching, nutrition, sport science, mental management, equipment and elite competitive opportunities.
The program builds on the support team members have received in their development years from their family, member clubs, personal coaches, university programs and provincial golf associations.
Golf Canada’s High Performance Program and Team Canada are supported by RBC Wealth Management, Titleist, FootJoy, Under Armour, Under Armour Performance Eyewear, ClubLink and Heritage Canada.
For more information about Team Canada or to make a donation toward the development of Canada’s future golf stars, visit www.golfcanada.ca.