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Episode 16: Sarah Pavan & Melissa Humana-Paredes

Beach Volleyball players Sarah Pavan & Melissa Humana-Paredes talk equal rights, being World Champions and why they pull their pants down in front of each other before each match

Courtesy: Volleyball Canada

On this week’s episode, beach volleyball players Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes join the podcast to chat equal rights, being Canada’s first ever beach volleyball team to win a World Championship, and why becoming a lululemon Elite Ambassador was the right move for them.

Sarah and Melissa both have a deep history with volleyball; Sarah spent years playing indoor before switching over, while Melissa’s dad was a coach in the sport. After having lucrative success with other partners, Sarah and Melissa joined forces in 2017 and have been unstoppable since. On this week’s episode, they share what it’s like to join a new team, and why they work so well together.

The duo is the reigning World Champions, and tell Christina what winning that title meant to them and how it’s brought more attention to the sport. They’ve become bigger role models and are now Elite Ambassadors with lululemon. They say their success has opened people’s eyes as to what the sport is all about, as there are a lot of misconceptions out there. They are now hoping to continue that magic at the Tokyo Olympics.

Sarah & Melissa are also vocal about equal rights and what they’d like to see changed for women in sport.

We also talk about:

· Women’s rights

· Being Canada’s first World Championship team

· Tokyo Olympics

· Becoming lululemon Elite Ambassadors

· Why they pull their pants down in front of each other before each match


“We’re never really celebrated for our athleticism and what we do, it’s always something more. Our bodies, what we’re wearing, our hair, how we talk, what our boyfriend looks like, and it’s just absurd, quite frankly, because never in a man’s sport will those things ever be discussed.”

-Sarah Pavan, Team Canada Beach Volleyball Player


Guest Info

Sarah Pavan

Instagram: @sarah_pavan

YouTube: Sarah Pavan Volleyball

Twitter: @sarahpavan

Facebook: Sarah Pavan

Melissa Humana-Parades

Instagram: @melissahumanaparedes

Twitter: @melissahumanaparedez

YouTube: Melissa Humana-Paredes

Host Info – Christina Heydanus

Instagram: @tinaheydanus

Twitter: @tinaheydanus

Show Info – Opening the Playbook

Website: openingtheplaybook.com

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If you're enjoying this podcast, be sure to check out two others. For more sports, tune into The Voice & The Coach, hosted by Vancouver Giant Play-by-Play announcer Dan O'Connor and WHL Coach of the Year Mark Holick. For conversation, check out Their Life Story, hosted by Robin Lavigne.

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