Canada's Gord Perrin bumps the ball

Gord Perrin


Gord Perrin was a member of the Canadian volleyball team that came within one win of qualifying for London 2012, losing to the United States in the final of NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament. In 2014 he was part of Canada’s best ever seventh place finish at the FIVB World Championships. He was also a member of the Canadian teams that won bronze at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto and gold at the 2015 NORCECA Continental Championship. That came after he tore his left meniscus in March 2015, requiring surgery and taking him out of the rest of his pro season with LRP Piacenza. In 2013 FIVB World League play, Perrin was Canada’s leading scorer in a five-set win over world number two Russia. In 2016 he helped Canada win the FIVB World League Group 2, earning the team a spot in the elite Group 1 in 2017.   Perrin played three years with the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack, leading them to a bronze medal at the 2007-08 CIS Championship, where he was named a tournament all-star. In 2009-10 he was the school’s male athlete of the year. Perrin joined the professional club Arkas SC in Izmir, Turkey in 2011-12, where he was coached by Canadian national team coach Glenn Hoag, capturing the league championship in 2013 and 2015. Perrin won a bronze medal with Team BC at the 2009 Canada Games.

A Little More About Gord

Getting into the Sport: Started playing club volleyball at 14. Credits his highschool coach, Mike Nelson, as the reason he stuck with volleyball. ‘He was a dedicated coach in a small town that loved that game’… Being from a town on the other side of the province, when he made Team BC he had to stay in Vancouver all summer to train. Being a year younger than the rest of the team, he was very shy and really wanted to decline the spot and go home. His father convinced him to stay and it turned into one of the best experiences of his life… Has wanted to play for Canada ever since watching the final between Brazil and USA at Beijing 2008… Outside Interests: Enjoys playing guitar, learning new skills… Working on a bachelor’s degree from Thompson Rivers University… Would like to pursue a career in coaching once his playing days are over… Odds and Ends: Biggest role models have been his parents. ‘They’ve always taught me to chase my dreams, and have never missed an event’… Sister, Alicia Perrin, plays for Canada’s National women’s volleyball team… Nickname: Gordo… Favourite motto: “Sometimes she goes. Sometimes she doesn’t. That’s the way she goes”-Ray LaFleur…

Olympic Highlights

Games Sport Event Finish
2016 RioVolleyballMen5

Notable International Results

Olympic Games: 2016 - 5th

Pan American Games: 2015 - BRONZE

FIVB World Cup: 2015 - 7th

FIVB World Championships: 2018 - 9th; 2014 - 7th; 2010 - 19th

FIVB World Championships (junior): 2009 - 12th

FIVB Nations League: 2021 - 8th; 2019 - 9th; 2018 - 7th

FIVB World League: 2017 - BRONZE; 2016 - 13th; 2015 - 15th; 2014 - 13th; 2013 - 5th; 2012 - 12th; 2011

NORCECA Continental Championships: 2019 - BRONZE; 2017 - BRONZE; 2015 - GOLD; 2013 - SILVER; 2011 - BRONZE

NORCECA Continental Championships (junior): 2008 - SILVER

NORCECA Continental Championships (youth): 2006 - 4th