Gatineau has laid down the kill shot in a competition to land the national men’s volleyball team’s training centre.

After a yearlong application process, Volleyball Canada announced yesterday its national training centre will move from Winnipeg to Gatineau once the city’s new sports centre opens.

“This high-calibre team will give Gatineau the opportunity to make its mark on the national and international stages,” Mayor Marc Bureau said.

Gatineau will invest $100,000 annually for four years to look after the team, said Bureau. In return, the city stands to reap new tourism dollars. Traditionally, the team’s host city generates significant economic and tourism revenue, said executive director for Volleyball Canada John-Paul Cody-Cox.

Cody-Cox said a planned new state-of-the-art “national calibre” facility and a local supply of knowledgeable support staff for the centre gave Gatineau the edge.

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