He's back! A welcome surprise on the courts last month, Dan Dearing competed at Challenger Series No. 2 for the first time since a career limiting lower back injury in 2015.
An incredible athlete, Dan dominated on both the indoor and beach volleyball court. No stranger to injury, he worked his way back on the court after a 2 year recovery from a patella tendon tear, to finish his final years at York as a Libero (2012) and Right Side (2013), before making a mark on the beach.
Dan competed for 6 years for our Men's Beach National Team, 3 of which he was competing professionally to fulfil his Olympic aspirations. His accolades speak for themselves, Dan alongside beach partner Garrett May, were the 3rd highest ranked pairing for Team Canada and finished as high as 5th internationally on the FIVB World Tour in South Africa. Not to mention finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Norceca Events, and winning Beach Nationals in 2014.
A devastating lower back injury in Qatar in November 2015 forced Dan to step away from competition for two full years. But his passion for the sport couldn't keep him away from the courts, driven to give back and impact youth through mentoring and coaching. An integral part of Unity Sports Volleyball Club, he currently coaches full time; Head Coaching both Indoor Rep and House League Academies, along with being the Technical Director of Beach Volleyball for Unity. And that's not all, Dan also created IBELIEVE, a campaign to give back to his community in Rexdale/Etobicoke where he grew up throughout his youth and teenage years.
Though his Olympic aspirations have changed, Dan is excited to continuing inspiring and coaching as much as possible, and playing whenever he can in events within North America, Central America and the Caribbean. You can catch him competing at the Challenger Series events throughout the year, and rumour has it you may even get to see him in action this summer, competing in the 2018 Toronto Premier League!
Fun fact : Dan "loooovvveee(s) bake goods, especially chocolate crossaints!!"