The 2022 Canadian Open Sepak Takraw Men’s Championship takes place in Regina this weekend for the first time since 2018.
Southeast Asian native Sepak Takraw is a cross between soccer and volleyball. It is known as kick volleyball.
Twin brothers Erickson and Eleizer Antes, who came from the Philippines in 2018, are the only players representing Weyburn in the Championship.
“It started when we were in 4th grade,” Erickson Antes said. “We used to play volleyball, then for some reason they removed volleyball from our school and replaced it with this sport. Then we were encouraged to play it. At the beginning , we used to play it for fun, but as we got older we found it a passion and we love doing it.
The brothers said there were several different teams this year.
“We’re teaming up with someone who lives in British Columbia and a guy from Regina. The guy from Regina is the president of the Sepak Takraw Association club in Canada, his name is Richard Engel and we are very grateful to him.
The brothers have already had success with Sepak Takraw, winning gold medals and a 1st place trophy in 2018. Going forward, they would like to represent Team Canada at the King’s Cup in Thailand next year.