Martensville’s Debbie McGuire has been playing volleyball competitively for over 50 years and has no plans of stopping anytime soon.
The first time McGuire stepped onto the court was in high school at the age of 15 and the passion has continued to grow over the years, and through playing, she has had the opportunity to travel the world participating in competitions.
“When I first started playing, I knew that this was something I was good at, so I just wanted to continue to improve my skills. I don’t know what it was specifically, but playing volleyball ignited something in me,” McGuire said.
In 1998, McGuire attended her first World’s Tournament in Portland and since then has traveled to Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Hawaii and other locations across the United States. From October 9th to 17th McGuire attended the Huntsman World Senior Games in Utah, where her team Lady G earned the gold medal championship title.
“When would I have ever had the chance to go to these places if I wasn’t doing this? It has been such an amazing journey. It has really just been so incredible to play with these ladies and see how much we have grown as a team,” McGuire added.
The current league McGuire is competing in is for 65 and up, and McGuire, who is currently 67 years old, has been playing with the same group of women since 2006.
Taking her passion from the court to the bench as a Coach for the past 40 years at the High School and through Club play for the past 28 years has allowed McGuire to share her knowledge and experience with hundreds of aspiring players.
“The important part for me is watching the kids grow as players. I have seen some of them over the years with that same passion and have even went up against some of them coaching. They are learning skills that are not only important on the court, but ones that they can take with them into life.”
In 2023, McGuire plans to continue to add to the list of countries she has competed in by adding either Finland or Thailand to the list. “I am going to keep doing this as long as I can. What can I say, I just love it.”
PICTURED ABOVE: Debbie McGuire and her team Lady G won the gold medal at the Huntsman World Senior Games in Utah in October.