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6 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Melissa Humana-Paredes. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Melissa Humana-Paredes, often where they are interviewed.

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6 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Melissa Humana-Paredes. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Melissa Humana-Paredes, often where they are interviewed.

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Melissa Humana-Paredes, Olympian/FIVB/AVP Athlete; Viral Volley Podcast, 8/10/20

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Melissa Humana-Paredes checks in on the Viral Volley Podcast this week to discuss her beginnings in volleyball, transitioning to beach and how her early success has come about not only on the FIVB World Tour but also more recently in the AVP, garnering the 2019 Best Defensive Player and Newcomer of the Year Awards. 

We also discuss the AVP Champions Cup Series presented by Acer and the 3 results she received along with thoughts on her play. In addition we discuss what teams will be making a push for the medal stand in 2021 while having to navigate our COVID culture and adapted way of life. 

Aug 11 2020 · 56mins
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12. Olympic Dream On Hold & Building An Authentic Brand ft. Olympic Athlete Melissa Humana-Paredes

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Put yourself in this situation -- The Olympics have been postponed, you have just trained for four years and this last year has been the most grueling, you are far from home and the world is going through a pandemic. These are all topics we are going to cover in this episode with Melissa Humana-Paredes Canadian Beach Volleyball Superstar and Olympian. 

Melissa Humana-Paredes (born October 10, 1992) is a female Canadian beach volleyball player, who is partnered with Sarah Pavan. She plays as a left-side defender. The pair won the women's gold medal at the 2019 Beach Volleyball World Championships. 

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Humana-Paredes is the younger daughter of two Chilean expatriates, ballet dancer Myriam Paredes and volleyball player Hernán Humaña, who was part of the national team and later coached Canadians John Child and Mark Heese to the bronze medal at the 1996 Olympics Humana-Paredes started playing beach volleyball at the age of 12 and four years later, was already representing Canada internationally. She attended York University, majoring in communications while playing with the York Lions volleyball team.


  • Champion, 2019 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships - Hamburg (representing Canada, with Sarah Pavan)
  • Champion, 2019 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Winner (representing Canada, with Sarah Pavan)
  • FIVB Team of the Year 2019 (with Sarah Pavan)
  • FIVB Best Defensive Player, 2019
  • FIVB Best Setter, 2018 & 2019
  • AVP Best Defensive Player, 2019
  • AVP Newcomer of the Year, 2019
  • FIVB Most Improved Player, 2017
  • FIVB Top Rookie, 2014

I want to thank Melissa for being so incredibly vulnerable and sharing a conversation that left us feeling full and inspired. When you see this woman on the court next you are going to feel so connected to her! You can virtually connect with her on her instagram here ( and watch some of her vlogs on YouTube here (



Be sure to follow along with @wediditpodcast on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook - and with our host Amanda Weldon on @belowtheblonde on Instagram. ( ( Shoutout to Scotty for joining us on this journey as well, you can find him here (

AND THANK YOU FOR LISTENING - because truly I mean it every time I say it. Without YOU there is no WE!

May 27 2020 · 59mins
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The Melissa Humana-Paredes Show EP. 70

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This is a big one!!! World Champion Melissa Humana-Paredes joins the show to walk us through her journey from being around high level beach volleyball her whole life to becoming one of the best players in the world. Melissa grew up watching her father coach Canadian Legends Mark Heese and John Child, while training at the Elite Beach Club where dozens of top Canadians were introduced to beach volleyball. 

Melissa and Sarah were named the 2019 FIVB Team of the Year 2019. Melissa has also been named the FIVB Best Defensive Player (2019), FIVB Best Setter (2018 & 2019), AVP Best Defensive Player (2019), AVP Newcomer of the Year (2019), FIVB Most Improved Player (2017), FIVB Top Rookie (2014), National Champion, Provincial Champion and so much more. 

We hope you enjoyed this episode. The best compliment you can give the show is telling your friends! Please leave a comment and a 5 Star rating. Stay Excellent Friends!  

Mar 13 2020 · 55mins
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Melissa Humana-Paredes is gritting up

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The lead was gone, momentum completely flipped, and Melissa Humana-Paredes was, in her own words, crapping her pants.  

That’s what she said to her partner after their 14-10 lead in the third set of the World Championship semifinals had disappeared. Nobody wants to be in that situation. Nobody asks to miss on four match points of the game’s biggest stage. And yet it was perhaps the most critical moment of the partnership for the team that would finish the 2019 season ranked No. 1 in the world.

“Fourteen-fourteen was a really pivotal moment for Sarah and I because they had gotten three straight aces,” Humana-Paredes said on SANDCAST: Beach volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter. “They weren’t even rallies. She had gotten an ace down the sideline, ace down the seam, it was ‘Wow.’ There was no time to think about anything, but she was able to see where I was mentally and she was able to relate to me and say ‘I’m a little nervous too. This is not ideal.’ Vulnerability is a beautiful thing and is such a necessary thing in beach volleyball. We’re out there and our weaknesses are exposed. There’s no one else to come in for you. You gotta figure it out, just you and your partner, so in that moment, when you express that vulnerability to your partner, and she shows up for you, she’s like ‘You know what, me too, but you got this.’

“She turned to me and she said ‘They’re going to serve you. You’re going to pass it, I’m going to set you, and you’re going to side out, because that’s what you can do.’ I was like ‘Wow, she’s really confident in you. Step up to the plate Mel.’ That was a turning point for us to grit up.”

Humana-Paredes and Pavan would go on to win that semifinal over Switzerland’s Nina Betschart and Tanja Huberli, 19-17 in the third set, which would precede a 23-21, 23-21 epic of a final victory over April Ross and Alix Klineman.

It became a theme for the season for the Canadians: When things were tight, when they were down, they just found a way to win. They “gritted up,” and in doing so, they only, oh, qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, became the first Canadian team to hold a World Champion title, cemented themselves on the Manhattan Beach Pier. They win gold on the road again in Vienna and at home in Edmonton. They finished their season fittingly: On a high, with a first in Hawai’i.  

All because, Humana-Paredes said, they found the ability to “grit up.”

“Heading into World Champs, we weren’t feeling our best,” Humana-Paredes said. “We were coming off a couple rough finishes in Warsaw and Ostrava and we weren’t playing super clean ball. Even in the World Champs, even in pool play, they were gnarly, gritty games. We easily could have lost them. Even some games in our playoffs, we easily could have lost them, but we really, really were working hard, and were gritty and were resilient. I think that’s what the 2019 season was: full on grit and heart. It was like that for every tournament. Nothing came easy, and we just worked for it. We’re going into this season with that same mentality.”

They’ll need it, too. This year, like no other, Humana-Paredes and Pavan will be the team everyone is looking to knock down. They’ve had the metaphorical target on their back before, following the brilliant 2017 season that finished with them ranked second in the world.

“We were still in that period while having these new standards and expectations that everyone else was also having of us and to be honest I don’t think we handled it very well,” Humana-Paredes said of the 2018 season. “It was a bit of a roller coaster. We did win some tournaments. We won the Commonwealth Games, we won Gstaad, we won China, but we also had a couple uncharacteristic finishes. We had a couple seventeenths, and it was a huge roller coaster. We sat down at the end of the year and looked at what we accomplished and it was a lot better than it felt. We felt like we dropped the ball but when we looked back at our results we weren’t far from the goals we had set for ourselves. When you’re in it, you can be so hard on yourself and you don’t recognize what you’re accomplishing along the way. When you reflect back on the season, maybe we were too hard on ourselves, because look at what we did. So we took that mindset into this last season in 2019 which was probably our best season.”

It may, in fact, be the most accomplished single season in Canadian beach history. In four months, Humana-Paredes and Pavan will have the opportunity to continue authoring history for the Canadian federation. They know the impact winning an Olympic medal would have on the Canadian beach community. They’ve seen it before, after World Champs, when dozens of girls reached out to let them know that they were the reason they were picking up beach.  

“We saw how it affected Canada and how they really took notice, and beach volleyball started to grow,” Humana-Paredes said. “We saw how it affected the growing generation in Canada for beach volleyball, which is ultimately what we want to do. We want to inspire the next generation, and the amount of messages we got from parents and kids saying ‘I want to start playing beach volleyball because of this’ who had never been in the sport and now want to take it up, that just makes it so much more valuable.

“It helped put things in perspective when we were feeling so low. When we got results that we were disappointed with and feeling those emotions, seeing what we had done goes beyond a week after week result. We want to leave a legacy in the sport for ourselves and I think that’s what we usually have to come back to when we’re in the thick of it because sometimes we get carried away with the result and the performance and we need to realize that we’re still making an impact and that is ultimately what we want to do.”

For now, they’ll work on their Olympic seeding. They’ll clean up the small fixes they need to make.

They will, just as they did last year, “grit up.”

Mar 11 2020 · 1hr 13mins
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Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes on how to build a winning team

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As the NHL undergoes the long process of helping coaches and players figure out how to communicate without intimidation or prejudice, the league could do a lot worse than to listen and learn from Canada's reigning world champion beach volleyball duo of Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes.

The two-woman team and their coaches have managed to dominate the world's best in large part by working long and purposefully at learning how to respect one another, how to communicate properly in the heat of competition, how to allow junior voices to be heard without fear of senior reprisal, and most of all, how to generate a team environment in which the will to win eclipses the fear of making mistakes.

The Canadians share the secrets of their quiet confidence with host Anastasia Bucsis, who concludes season two of the Podcast series with this story of a team which has every prospect and possibility of reaching the top of the podium in Tokyo.
Dec 11 2019 · 33mins
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Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan: A team of Canadian firsts

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It wasn’t exactly an audacious start, was it? September 12, 2016. The first match of Melissa Humana-Paredes’ and Sarah Pavan’s partnership: A country quota against Brandie Wilkerson and – who else? – Pavan’s former partner, Heather Bansley, in Toronto, no less, the training center for the Canadian national team, where Pavan has played something of a revolutionary role.

She did not, however, play that role on September 12 of 2016. On that day, her and Humana-Paredes, an affable young defender of 23 years at the time, lost, 21-23, 13-21.

They wondered, almost incredulously, if they could feel such an emotion at the time, why a reporter had reminded them of that loss. He had reminded them in the moments after they had won the World Championship. It was Canada’s first. A momentous achievement not just for two individuals carving out history in a sport rich in it, but for a nation that is rapidly creating a foothold in a space traditionally dominated by countries south of the Canadian border.  

“Why would you remind us of that?” they wondered, simultaneously.

Because it makes the narrative that much sweeter, the process that much more real. There is no relating to a story with a smooth beginning, steep curve in the middle and a World Championship at the end. They know it, too, even if they didn’t want to relive that country quota loss quite so soon after reaching a new pinnacle for Canadian beach volleyball.

“Every failure,” Pavan said, “has led to this moment. Nobody sees the tough moments.”

What most see is that Humana-Paredes and Pavan are currently doing for Canada, on their on relative scale, what Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May Treanor once did for the United States: They’re writing their own country’s history.  

It was at Gstaad, where the best players in the world are currently competing, a year ago where Pavan and Humana-Paredes claimed Canada’s first major title. Didn’t even lose a match, those Canadians, dethroning the countries that laid the foundation of beach volleyball’s traditional powers that be: 21-15, 21-15 over the United States, 14-21, 21-12, 15-13 over Brazil, 21-17, 12-21, 17-15 over Germany. Only months before that, they had become the first Canadian team to win a Commonwealth Games.

It was last June when Humana-Paredes said, on SANDCAST: Beach Volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter, that “we have so much more that we need to improve on and that we can improve on and I think our potential – it seems limitless right now." 

Prophetic words. It hasn’t all been pretty, and they knew it wouldn’t. Pavan knew she was taking a chance on Humana-Paredes then, who had been relatively unproven at the time. She knew the potential upside, an upside that is now paying dividends in the form of history, of major titles, of World Championships.

“It happened much quicker than either of us expected,” Pavan said on that episode a year ago, and those same words ring true a year later. “It’s nice to see the grit and the fire of not being satisfied with making one semifinal or one podium or whatever.”

And so they’ll continue to remain unsatisfied. So long as reporters continue to remind them of their humble beginnings, if not only to show them just how far they’ve come.

“The things we have overcome this week, last week, this year, in the last two years, three years and now we’re world champions,” Humana-Paredes said. “I have no words.”

No need for words when you have history.

Jul 10 2019 · 1hr 6mins