“Right now, we feel we like we can beat anyone,” Richmond Hill resident and Canadian Olympic beach volleyballer Josh Binstock said fresh off an Olympic berth.
Making a return.
Josh Binstock dives to make the return while competing for a spot on the 2012 Canadian Olympic Team at an event in Toronto on Saturday, July 7. He and partner Martin Reader won the match, earning a spot in London to compete in the Summer Games.
In just 19 days he will play in his first Olympic match on English sand as expectations and confidence for Binstock and playing partner Martin Reader are equally high, following a Saturday victory that clinched their spot on the Canadian Olympic team.
The win came at Ashbridges Bay in Toronto, over fellow Canadians Christian Reddman and Ben Saxton, 21-18, 21-14, in a winner-take-all Olympic trial.
Many of Binstock’s family and friends made the trip from Richmond Hill to cheer him on to victory.
“Oh man, it was a pretty rowdy atmosphere on Saturday. We were definitely the (crowd) favourites,” he said with a laugh, adding that his supporters made themselves known with home made signs and heartily cheering each point.
Much of that support is expected to follow the Richmond Hill High School graduate to London, later this month, as his family and friends are under what his father Howard has described as a “24/7 scramble” to secure Olympic event tickets, London accommodations and flights.
“My wife is handling looking for flights right now and the best price we’ve seen is $1,800. At least those are available — accommodation is another story. With only three weeks to go, we have an all points bulletin out to anyone who might have a place to stay near London,” said Mr. Binstock.
Saturday’s post-victory hugs set an emotional scene for the Richmond Hill family, who had roughly 50 family members and another 40 friends on hand to share the moment.
The elder Binstock burst into tears after watching his son punch his ticket to London. The magnitude of what he has accomplished is only now setting in for the younger Binstock, after the whirlwind weekend.
“Leading up to the game (Saturday), it was tough to get a good sleep or even eat, because what you’ve been working towards for more than 10 years, is just one win away,” said Binstock.
“Like any sport or profession, you want to be among the best and see how you measure up. The Olympics is that goal,” he added.
After a couple days to recharge and relax, Binstock and Reader will get back to training tomorrow, before flying to Austria, Saturday.
The following weekend, they play in the last world tour event, before the Olympics start. From there they leave for London, with sights set on a podium finish.
“Our last two matches have been two of our best this year and a good result in Austria would be great before London,” said Binstock.
“Right now, I’m most looking forward to the opening ceremonies and marching in as a member of Team Canada with so many great athletes,” he added.