Jay Blankenau


Jay Blankenau was a four-year member of Team Alberta prior to making his mark at the collegiate level, winning the 2008 CCAA Championship with Mount Royal University. He was also named a CCAA All-Canadian before transferring to the University of Calgary in 2010. At that year’s CIS Championship, with the Dinos down 2-0 to Dalhousie in the quarterfinal, Blankenau came off the bench to take over the setter spot and lead the unlikely comeback. He went on to quarterback the team to the 2010 national title and was named a tournament all-star. Blankenau’s international career began at the 2009 FIVB World Junior Championships. In 2013, he was part of Canada’s fifth place finish at the World University Games. Blankenau was also a member of the FIVB World League roster in 2014, 2015 and 2016, helping Canada win Group 2 at the latter to earn a spot in the elite Group 1 in 2017.

A Little More About Jay

Getting into the Sport: Started playing volleyball at 13… As a setter, he liked the ability to control the game. Also loved being a part of teams at school…. Almost skipped out on joining the junior national team because he would have ‘missed out’ on summer with friends at home. A few coaches and his mom had a big impact in him going. He made the team and has wanted to represent Canada at the Olympics ever since… Outside Interests: Enjoys watching movies and TV, spending time at his cabin by the lake… Graduated from the University of Calgary… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “Do what you’ve always done, get what you’ve always got”…

Olympic Highlights

Games Sport Event Finish
2016 RioVolleyballMen5

Notable International Results

Olympic Games: 2016 - 5th

FISU Universiade: 2013 - 5th; 2011 - 4th

FIVB World Championships: 2018 - 9th

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

FIVB World League: 2017 - BRONZE; 2016 - 13th; 2015 - 15th; 2014 - 13th

FIVB World Championships (U21): 2009 - 12th