Annie Martin (beach volleyball)

Annie Martin (born 7 September 1981) is a Canadian female beach volleyball player. She has represented her country at the 2004 and 2012 Summer Olympics. Her current playing partner is Marie-Andrée Lessard.

Annie Martin
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Martin at the 2012 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Nationality Canada
Born (1981-09-07) 7 September 1981 (age 38)
Lachine, Quebec, Canada
HometownSherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
Height170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Weight61 kg (134 lb)
Beach volleyball information
Current teammate
Years Teammate Tours (points)
2009 Marie-Andrée Lessard
Previous teammates
Years Teammate Tours (points)
2007 Dana Cooke 135


Martin was inspired to compete in beach volleyball after seeing Mark Heese and John Child compete for Canada at the 1996 Summer Olympics.[1] She has won five Canadian titles, in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 and in 2009.[2]

Martin and her partner, Guylaine Dumont, tied for fifth in the women's beach volleyball event at the 2004 Summer Olympics, after losing to the American pair of Kerri Walsh and Misty May in the quarterfinals.[2][3]

Martin qualified once more for the Olympics at the 2012 Summer Games, teaming with Marie-Andrée Lessard,[2] after the pair defeated Liz Maloney and Heather Bansley in a match to decide the Canadian representatives.[4] Martin and Lessard had previously won the Canadian team a place at the women's beach volleyball tournament by winning the Continental Cup Games qualifying tournament. Prior to the 2012 Games, Martin was the only active Canadian beach volleyball athlete who had competed in a previous Olympics.[4] Ahead of the tournament, the duo felt positive about the teams they had been drawn against in the preliminary group stage.[5] Martin and Lessard lost their first match against the British team of Zara Dampney and Shauna Mullin after winning the first set 21–14, but then lost the second 21–14 and the third by 15–13.[6] The Canadian duo lost their second match by a similar scoreline, 2–1 in sets, against the Russian team of Ekaterina Khomyakova and Evgenia Ukolova.[7]


In 2012 Martin was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Annie Martin was born in Lachine, Quebec, and is married to Vincent Larivee. Martin speaks both English and French,[9] and was educated at the Université de Sherbrooke.[9]


  1. ^ "Annie Martin". Can Fund. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Annie Martin: Beach Volleyball". The Star. Toronto. Retrieved 1 August 2012.[dead link]
  3. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Annie Martin". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Annie Martin". Team Canada. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  5. ^ Smith, Doug (27 July 2012). "London 2012: Women's beach volleyball duo rely on brains over brawn to go for wins". The Star. Toronto. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Olympics beach volleyball: Great Britain women battle to win". BBC Sport. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Beach Volleyball: Results & Schedules". NBC. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  8. ^ "London 2012 Olympians, Paralympians and builders honoured with Diamond Jubilee Medal in Montreal". Official Canadian Olympic Team Website | Team Canada | 2016 Olympic Games. 1 March 2013. Archived from the original on 13 March 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Annie Martin". NBC. Retrieved 1 August 2012.

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