- Height: 6'5"
- Birthdate: April 23, 1986
- Hometown: Red Deer, Alberta
- AVP: 3rd
- International: 2nd
- Overall: 2nd
Canadian native, Chaim Schalk grew up in Red Deer, Canada. He has 4 highly competitive brothers, where he learned how to fight and work hard for everything (including food at the dinner table). Chaim first fell in love with the sport of volleyball at age 12 when his father built him and his brothers a beach volleyball court in the backyard, which he believes to be one of the biggest factors in him making a career of the sport. Schalk made his debut with the AVP in 2017. Schalk is married to AVP pro Lane Carico.
Up until 2009, Chaim’s primary focus was indoor volleyball. He was a setter and an All-Canadian while playing for Trinity Western University; he also captured two National Championships with Red Deer College.
In 2009 Chaim made the Canadian Beach National Team and has competed on the FIVB World Tour since 2010. He formed one of the strongest Canadian teams ever with Ben Saxton. Over a period of 5 years together, they captured 5 FIVB medals, a 9th place at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, and accumulated over 30 top 10 finishes on the FIVB World Tour.
Chaim is looking to the future now and believes that over the next decade he will be able to maintain himself as one of the best defenders in the world. Over the past 5 years he has been living and training in California as a dual citizen, and he is currently transitioning to play for the United States. Chaim is determined to see how far the sport of beach volleyball will take him.
Notable International Results
9th – 2016 Olympic Games, Rio, Brazil
30 top ten finishes on the FIVB World Tour
5th – FIVB World Tour Finals, Hamburg
5th – FIVB World Championships, Vienna
3rd – AVP Gold Series, New York
4th – FIVB World Tour Finals, Toronto
3rd – FIVB Swatch Major Series, Klagenfurt
3rd – FIVB Swatch Major Series, Porec
5th – FIVB Grand Slam, Olsztyn
3rd – FIVB Grand Slam, Olsztyn
2nd – FIVB Grand Slam, Yokohama
5th – Swatch Major Series, Porec
1st – NORCECA Championships, Trinidad & Tobago
3rd – FIVB Open, Parana
5th – FIVB Grand Slam, Sao Paulo
Who is your go-to music artist?
Jack Garratt before a game
What is your guilty pleasure television show or musical artist?
What is your favorite event location?
Seattle 2017 was my favorite because many of my friends came over from Canada to watch.
What is your favorite Wildflower product?
CBD+ Cool Stick. I use it after matches and intense training. It’s great for sore muscles and joints.
Would you recommend trying CBD to fellow athletes and active individuals?
Yes, its benefits are unbelievable. It is a great alternative to prescription medications for pain and inflammation. Wildflower’s products are some of the best in the business.