SpiderTech Brand Ambassadors Win Canada’s First Gold in Beach Volleyball World Championships
Melissa Humana-Paredes, right, goes for the spike while Sarah Pavan reps Canada wearing the Canadian i-STRIPS on her back
SpiderTech is proud to announce that Saran Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes, who has been our brand ambassadors since 2017, are Canada’s first beach volleyball world champions. The Canadian duo defeated America’s Ross and Alexandra Klineman in straight sets to win the gold medal in Hamburg, Germany where the world beach volleyball championships were held. They will now represent Canada in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“It’s just been a culmination of a lot of hard work and a lot of blood, sweat and tears, a lot of failures and successes along the way that led us to this moment,” Humana-Paredes told The Canadian Press over a phone interview from Hamburg.
“This was one of our biggest goals, this was the highlight for our season... and I think we’re on the right track (for the Olympics). We know what we need to work on and the fact that we are able to accomplish this now and build together and play against the top teams in the world and still have room to improve is exciting. And we still have a year to go so I feel like our potential is limitless at this point,” said Humana-Paredes.
Pavan, who is from Kitchener, Ontario, credited 26-year old Humana-Pardes for the win. Humana-Pardes held sixth place in world rankings, just a step behind the Americans who ranked fifth. “She was getting a really good read on their attack and was digging their hard-driven shots really well and we were able to turn a lot of points that way,” the 32-year-old said. “And even if we gave up a couple of points here and there our defence and blocks were really strong.”
“We had to fight our way here,” said Humana-Parades. “It wasn’t easy at all and that’s what makes it more special. It wasn’t pretty at times and it wasn’t the best week we’ve ever played but we managed to stay together and fight.”
The duo is now in their third season together. Their first season together was in 2017 when they finished fourth in the world beach volleyball championships held in Vienna.
“Our first year was really successful and no one really knew what to expect, including ourselves,” Humana-Paredes said. “Since then we’ve been learning and growing. We’ve had to suffer along the way and fail along the way and it wasn’t an easy year last year... but without any of that today wouldn’t have been possible.”
With the 2020 Tokyo Games, Humana-Parades' will make her Olympic debut. Pavan competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics where she finished fifth with then-partner Heather Bansley.
The team at SpiderTech is extremely excited for Saran and Melissa as they prepare for the Olympics. Congrats on the win ladies and we wish you the best of luck in Tokyo!