The formation of the Apex Volleyball Club resulted from the merge of the Paranoia and Vertical Limit volleyball clubs in the summer of 2005.
Established in 2001, Paranoia was originally run by Andy Chin, who started up a U18 boys team made up of mostly grade 11 boys from Vancouver Technical Secondary, Templeton Secondary, and Alpha Secondary schools.
The first year of the program laid down the bricks for the following year, where those same players came back to compete in the BCVA U18 Tier 2 Provincial Championships, resulting in a gold medal. The starting setter from that team, Allen Tsang, was a Provincial All Star that year and was part of the fathers of Apex.
There was no team in 2003, as the majority of the members from the provincial championship team graduated from high school. Meanwhile, in high school action, Ken Li, Aaron Lock, and Allen Tsang coached the Van Tech Juvenile boys team, and after finishing the season a disappointing 3rd place, the players decided that it’d be best if they could get as much volleyball training as they could year round. The coaches decided to resurrect Paranoia, by starting a club team with those players, as well as other interested athletes from neighbouring Templeton and Gladstone Secondary schools by word-of-mouth.
In our 2nd “reborn” year, increased interest in the club allowed us to field 2 teams: a U17 and a U16 boys team. The U17 team won the Tier 1 Bronze Medal and the U16 team won the Tier 2 Gold Medal at the BCVA Provincial Championships, in what has been Paranoia’s most successful year.
The Vertical Limit Volleyball Club was created in 2002 by Wing Chan. As the coach of the Gladstone Secondary Juvenile girls team which placed second in Vancouver, he felt the team would benefit greatly from playing volleyball not only during the high school season but also year round.
The effort was made to put forth a new U15 girls volleyball club team that would expand the opportunities offered for interested and dedicated volleyball players at Gladstone Secondary. These opportunities included increased play such as attending tournaments in Kelowna, Nanaimo, and the Western Open Nationals in Calgary, Alberta. Thanks to the help and knowledge of coach Tu Diep, the year was a success.
The following year, the same club team was unfortunately dismantled as all the tournament play and club activities were definitely taking its toll. During the 2004 club season, the Vertical Limit Volleyball Club was replaced and the players were coached under the well-established Sting Volleyball Club with new coaches Chanh Vuong and Simon Li.
As fate would have it however, the next year saw the rise of the Vertical Limit Volleyball Club once again. With the emergence of great coaches such as Chanh Vuong, Clara Lee (now Clara Vuong), Simon Li, Tony Wong, and Edmond Ma, a push was made to resurrect the club that was lost only a year ago. Thanks to the effort of all of the coaches and players, the Vertical Limit Volleyball Club was born again fielding two U16 teams and one U15 team and was now serving all willing players not only from Gladstone Secondary but in the whole Vancouver district.
In the summer of 2005, the Vertical Limit Club Volleyball Team merged with the Paranoia Volleyball Club to form East Vancouver’s largest youth volleyball club under the name Apex.
From 5 teams in 2005, we were able to field 9 teams to compete in the 2006 season, of which 5 teams competed at the U17/U18 National Championships (Abbotsford), and 1 at the U14 Western Canadian Open (Saskatoon). Our program now branches from its roots in East Vancouver to the west side, Richmond, North Vancouver, and Burnaby, and some of our coaches are affiliated with college and university teams in the Lower Mainland. The 2010 season was a banner year, involving over 220 club members and 16 teams, making us the 4th largest club in BC. Eleven teams participated in national championship tournaments bringing home four medals, and club president Ken Li was awarded the 2010 Community Sports Administrator of the Year by Volleyball BC. Our club continues to grow and every year brings new athletes, new coaches, new goals, and new feats.
A full listing of our club’s provincial medal winning teams and alumni can be found on the Wall of Fame page.
The aim of our club is to provide quality training and preparation for competition for enthusiastic volleyball players, to promote lifelong physical activity, and to help mold these young adults into responsible, hard-working, motivated, and self-confident leaders and team players through the sport. We strive to create a strong community of members under the Apex name.
The Apex staff are all dedicated to the sport of volleyball and volunteer their time for the benefit of the athletes. Our coaches are all experienced players and have undergone training in the 3M National Coaching Certification Program (3M NCCP). All our coaches adhere to the Volleyball BC Coaches Code of Conduct and undergo Criminal Record Checks.