About Me

Hey there! I'm Kristina Valjas, a 26 year old aspiring Olympian, doing what I absolutely love to do, playing beach volleyball every day! Here's a little info about how I got where I am today.

I have recently graduated from the University of Toronto with an undergraduate degree in Linguistics. I was a member of the Varsity Blues Women's Indoor Volleyball Team from 2005 to 2010. My parents, Peter and Marianne, both played for the Blues while they were in school at UofT.

As a kid, I was pretty active. I enjoyed cross country ski racing with my brother, Lenny (who is now a member of Canada's National Cross Country Ski Team). Throughout high school I was a competitive mountain biker for Team Sporting Life.

I was first introduced to beach volleyball in 2005 by my varsity indoor volleyball coach as a form of off-season training. Since then I have developed a love for the sport and I have dreams of competing in the 2015 PanAm games and the 2016 Olympics.
I was selected to be on the National Beach Volleyball Team in 2010.

Follow me as I travel around the world, competing for Team Canada in the best sport in the world!

Beach Highlights
      NORCECA Cayman Islands 1st Place
      FIVB Open Fuzhou, China 9th Place
      FIVB Grand Slam Long Beach, USA 17th Place
      FIVB Grand Slam Berlin, Germany 17th Place

      Canadian National Championships 3rd Place
      FIVB Open Bang Saen, Thailand 17th Place

      FIVB Open Aland, Finland 17th Place
      Centre of Gravity, Kelowna BC 1st Place
      FIVB Seoul Challenger, Korea 9th Place
      NORCECA Dominican Republic 4th Place

      Canadian National Championships 4th Place
      Ontario Provincial Championships 2nd Place
      FISU World University Games 13th Place
      FIVB Open Shanghai, China 33rd Place
      FIVB Open Sanya, China 41st Place
      FIVB Open Phuket, Thailand 41st Place  
      NORCECA Guatemala 9th Place

Canadian National Championships 5th Place
FIVB Open Sanya, China 33rd Place
FIVB Open Aland, Finland 41st Place
FIVB Open Seoul, Korea 41st Place
FIVB Open Shanghai, China 41st Place
NORCECA Tijuana, Mexico 7th Place
NORCECA Manzanillo, Mexico 6th Place
NORCECA Cayman Islands 4th Place

      Canadian National Championships 5th Place
      FIVB Open Barcelona, Spain 33rd Place

      U21 Canadian National Championships 3rd Place
      U24 Ontario Provincial Championships 1st Place

Indoor Highlights
      2005-2010 Member of University of Toronto Varsity Blues Volleyball
      2010 Ontario University Athletics 1st Team All Star
      2010 Ontario University Athletics Champion