Faisal Bhanji Memorial Cup

On August 5th and 6th Toronto North Volleyball Club will be hosting a traditional volleyball tournament in memory of their brother who recently lost his battle with cancer.

Faisal Bhanji Memorial Cup
Faisal Bhanji, back row, third from the left in the picture.

The Faisal Bhanji Memorial Cup will be held at Durham College, 2000 Simcoe St N, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.  This tournament will help us remember Faisal who was not only a Legendary Traditional Volleyball player, but a kind and compassionate person.

Faisal Bhanji

Faisal BhanjiBorn May 22, 1986 in Toronto, Canada to Salim and Naznin Bhanji. He is the younger brother to Amin Bhanji. Studied at Albert Campbell Collegiate and Seneca College, he completed his Bachelors Degree in Business Fundamentals. He began playing traditional volleyball at age 6, following his fathers footsteps. He has won over 50 championships all over the world, including the Golden Jubilee Games in Nairobi in 2008 and the Unity Games in Dar Es Salaam in 2009. His final victory was the Canadian Ismaili Games in Calgary in August 2015.  His was definitely with us in spirit in Dubai at the Jubilee Games in 2016 as Team Canada brought home both Gold and Silver in traditional volleyball.

From the time he learnt to walk, He was chasing a volleyball.  A person who never knew the word defeat – Faisal may have been down by 5 or even 13 points with time not in his favor, he always found a way to win the game.  No lead was ever safe when you played against Faisal.  Traditional volleyball takes a lifetime to master, however, Faisal mastered the sport and raised the bar higher within 10 years. Faisal’s biggest asset was how he influenced everyone around him.  During the games you would never see Faisal lose his composure.  He was always confident and made everyone around him feel like a winner.  Faisal was always so humble and respectful of the other teams.  Everything we know and have heard about Faisal’s accomplishments in sports is only 1% of what Faisal was as an individual.  Faisal was a caring, loving and a respectful son, brother, player and friend.  Those who were fortunate to have known Faisal as an individual will tell you that he was loyal, selfless, full of life and he had a heart full of love.  In November 2015, at the age of 29, he lost his battle with cancer.  He truly was an Angel gone too soon and will be forever missed.

— Amin Bhanji

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