Dr. Joshua Binstock: Health and safety at the forefront

Presenting the member of the FIVB Athletes’ Commission and two-time Olympian

For someone like Joshua Binstock who has been playing high-level beach volleyball for many years and has taken part in two Olympic Games while pursuing his academic and professional path as a chiropractor, it is perhaps unsurprising that, as an elected member of the FIVB Athletes’ Commission, he is putting a particular emphasis on the health and safety of athletes.

In the first-ever FIVB Athletes’ Commission elections held in January 2021,Toronto-born Josh Binstock, who turned 41 a week ago, received the highest number of votes in the Beach Volleyball Men category.

"It means a lot to me as it presents a great opportunity to continue my ongoing promotion and exposure of volleyball at a national, continental and now global scale. I plan to promote the values of volleyball and beach volleyball as a clean and fair sport, while advocating for the improvement of athletes' conditions. As a Doctor of Chiropractic, I will also be focused on studying proposals for the athletes' post-career opportunities, all while keeping their health and safety at the forefront," Binstock told volleyball.ca before starting his first term as a Commission member.

Binstock started playing indoor volleyball at the age of 17 and eventually made the Canadian junior national team. While earning his Bachelor of Health and Physical Education college degree, he competed for the University of Toronto Varsity Blues and switched to beach volleyball during the off-season.

Binstock made his first international appearance in 2003 when he played at four FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour events in Europe with Brian Hiebert, but did not return to the international sand courts until three years later, when he earned his first podiums at three FIVB Satellite tournaments – bronze in Casablanca and Lausanne, followed by silver in Vaduz – with Christian Redmann as a partner. The following year he added another Vaduz Satellite bronze to his collection, playing with Jason Kruger.

In 2009, the 1.96m-tall Canadian started competing regularly on the NORCECA Beach Volleyball Circuit piling up two gold, five silver and four bronze medals in the 15 continental events he played through 2017.

Josh Binstock in action at Rio 2016

Binstock qualified for two editions of the Olympic Games. He partnered with Martin Reader at London 2012 and with Sam Schachter at Rio 2016.

It was Binstock’s partnership with Schachter that produced the most successful period of his athletic career. In 2014, he triumphed with his first World Tour podium, a Parana Open gold, and went on to add three more silver medals to his collection – at the 2014 Doha Open, the 2015 Porec Major and the 2016 Cincinnati Open.

That partnership also produced four gold medals in USA’s National Volleyball League, where Binstock was named the Most Valuable Player of 2014, and an eighth place at the 2015 Pan American Games.

Binstock has also won several national titles in Canada and represented his country three times at the Maccabiah Games, including the 2013 edition when he served as Canada’s flag bearer, and the 2017 edition when he and Schachter claimed gold in beach volleyball.

While touring the world as a beach player, Josh Binstock managed to earn his Doctorate of Chiropractic at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College graduating in 2009 to launch a new career in health, wellness and recovery.