Rio 2016: Steve Marshall, volleyball

Steven Marshall


Steven Marshall had just nine caps to his credit when he competed at the 2014 FIVB World Championships, making him the least experienced member of the team that finished a best-ever seventh. He had just joined the national A team in 2014, after being on the B team in 2012. But Marshall was no international rookie, having competed at the 2007 Under-19 and 2009 Under-21 World Championships in beach volleyball. Marshall played two years of indoor volleyball at Trinity Western University, capped by TWU’s loss to Calgary in the CIS national final in 2010, before deciding to pursue a professional beach volleyball career. But after realizing that volleyball was not all he wanted to do in life, he regained his academic eligibility and returned to TWU, helping the Spartans win the CIS national title in 2011-12. After his breakthrough in 2014, Marshall stayed on with the national team in 2015 contributing to medals at both the Pan American Games in Toronto and at the NORCECA Continental Championship. In 2016 he helped Canada win the FIVB World League Group 2, earning the team a spot in the elite Group 1 in 2017.

A Little More About Steven

Getting into the Sport: Started playing competitive volleyball at age 15… Went to a small high school where he was asked to play on most sports teams because he was an athletic kid… Joined his first club team after grade 10… Drawn to the sport because of the skill and physical ability needed. It is extremely technical and requires a lot of mental ability to compete at a high level… Has wanted to compete for Canada since he was a kid, but never thought it would be in volleyball. He knew he wanted to join Canada Volleyball after watching a replay of the World League Finals from 2005 between Brazil and Serbia/Montenegro, was in awe at the level of play… Outside Interests: Enjoys playing XBOX, golfing, playing beach volleyball… Collects sneakers… Attended Douglas College in 2007-08… Attended Trinity Western University in 2008-10 and 2011-13… Odds and Ends: Nickname: Darsh… Biggest influence on his life and career has been his coaches while growing up, Ben Josephson and Kyra Iannone… Likes to have a plate of scrambled eggs right before he leaves for a game… When he played beach volleyball he brought back bottles filled with sand from where he played; now just has a big collection of foreign currency… Favourite mottos: “You can’t climb the ladder to success with your hands in your pockets” and “What’s your why?”…

Olympic Highlights

Games Sport Event Finish
2016 RioVolleyballMen5

Notable International Results

Olympic Games: 2016 - 5th

Pan American Games: 2015 - BRONZE

Universiade: 2013 - 7th

FIVB World Cup: 2019 - 9th; 2015 - 7th

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

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

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

NORCECA Continental Championships: 2019 - BRONZE; 2017 - BRONZE; 2015 - GOLD