Jordan Pereira was born an athlete. Anyone who was coached by his father, Albino Pereira, in the Eden High School gym would say that they knew Jordan was going to be a volleyball super star the moment he stepped into the gym. The boys and girls at Eden always loved passing the ball around with “Little P”.
This indoor season Jordan exceeded expectations, helping lead his 17U Niagara Rapids team to a silver medal at the Ontario Championships and being recognized as a tournament All Star at both the Provincial and National Championships. Now Pereira’s eyes are set on an even bigger prize—a gold medal at the 2014, 17 and Under Beach volleyball World Championships. Pereira and partner, Taryq Sani, were recently selected to represent Canada at the Tournament in July, taking place in Acapulco, Mexico.
“We are very proud of Jordan’s accomplishments over the years that he has played volleyball,” father and coach Albino Pereira says of his sons success so far. Jordan joined the Niagara Rapids at the age of nine and has helped lead many teams to tournament gold medals, as well as Provincial and National medals and another Gold for Eden High School at OFSSA.
“I would like to attribute my success to my Dad who introduced me to volleyball at a very young age. He has been my indoor and beach coach for my whole life. Also, I would attribute my success to hard work and dedication,” Pereira speaks about his gratitude to his father for his excellent guidance through this journey.
Jordan looks on to this summer’s challenge and how he will handle the preparation, “I am very excited to see how the beach season will go as I am playing with a new partner this year. I am honoured to be representing Canada. In terms of preparing myself for the beach season I am playing in tournaments each weekend and practicing 3 times per week. Also, I will be working on my strength, quickness and vertical.”
So what’s next for “Little P”? “My indoor volleyball goals are to make the U18 Provincial team, Junior National team and then to make the Senior National team and also to play professionally. My beach goals are to medal at the U17 World Beach Championships and to continue to represent Canada in the future.”
Looks like the journey has just begun, and we cannot wait to see what will be next for this hard-working Rapids’ success story. You can cheer Jordan on and see his results online at: