.Gord was, of course, born in Creston and attended Canyon/Lister elementary school and Prince Charles Secondary School.  He was always very sports minded and was involved in hockey, soccer, and in grade 9 got interested in volleyball.  At age 14 Gord played in the provincials and later he and his dad, Dave drove to Vancouver as he had been invited to try out for the BC provincial team.  He was invited to stay and play for the BC team.  He was however, very nervous about life in the big city but, Dave "left him at the curb" so he had to learn to survive.  One of the first things he learned was: "don't be nervous".  Also during this time on team BC he was very "under equipped" for living with the team so he slept on a cot and as he had no blankets, he used the curtain for a cover. It was because of this situation that he was tagged with the name "curtain boy".
  • playing volleyball for the U17 group for 3 years, he earned MVP award for the Western Canada Elite group.  He then went on to play volleyball on a scholarship at Thompson River University.  In his 3rd year, he was invited to play for the Canadian National Team.  Finally, he acquired a manager and got signed to play in Italy.
  • In 2012, playing in the World League, they began work on qualifying for the 2016 Olympics.  One big step was when they beat Brazil (highly ranked) in Toronto.  Gord spent 4 years playing in the World League playing on the pro circuit with Turkey.  They beat Cuba, but lost to USA in the final.  Turkey ended up in 10th. position.
  • Still working on qualifying, they then lost to Cuba (which was a huge disappointment), then went on to play 7 matches in 9 days in Japan.  They first lost to Poland and to Iran, then went on to win the next 2 matches, and had to then play China to qualify.  It was a very close match, however, they did come out on top after 5 sets, so did qualify.
  • Gord will now spent 2 weeks in Saskatoon and then train in Ottawa until the Olympics begin in July in Rio de Janeiro. 
  • Canada's team goal is to be in the top 3 in Brazil.
  • Q and A:
    • there is no pro volleyball team in Canada, only Varsity teams.
    • the World League consists of the top 16 qualifiers - involves lots of world-wide travel.
    • Creston HS has been very successful in volleyball thanks to Mike Nelson acting as Creston's anchor.
    • the Canadian Volleyball team is sponsored by "Own the Podium" and commercially by Mizuno.
    • Gord has signed to play for Poland next year - played for Italy last year.
    • the Canadian team consists of 35 players plus they have a U19 junior team.  12 players will travel with the team (oldest is David Lewis who is 42 years of age).
    • there is still so much to accomplish - his goal is to be the best in the world.
    • Gord's sister also plays volleyball.  Has played her first season in Greece.
    • someday he would like to coach - maybe at Thompson River University (Kamloops).