Claire Sheppard, a 6'1" outside hitter from St. John's, Newfoundland has committed to College of the Rockies for the 2018/19 season.
Sheppard started playing volleyball at a very young age and is currently in her last year at Gonzaga Regional High School. She has had the honour of representing her province at the 2017 Canada Games, where she was named one of the 12 players on Team Newfoundland. She also recently helped her high school team to win the under-18 provincial championships.
Sheppard is excited to join the Avalanche and has hopes of greatly impacting the program.
"I'm over the moon to be a part of the Avalanche program and I'm ready to start the next chapter of my life in Cranbrook," she says.
Women's Avalanche coach, John Swanson, is looking forward to Sheppard's contributions to the team.
"We are very excited to have Clair become a student athlete at College of the Rockies," he says. "I was grateful to be introduced to her through our men's coach, Cisco Ferraro, who had worked with Claire in summer volleyball camps previously."
"Claire will be a great addition to our team, based not only on her current level of play but, more importantly, her willingness to train, learn and develop her skill set. We are appreciative of the tremendous commitment that Claire has made in coming to Cranbrook from Newfoundland and know that she will instantly connect with her new teammates, school and community."
Sheppard will be enrolled in the Social Work Pre-Major Associate Degree program at College of the Rockies starting in September 2018.