Melissa Humana-Paredes at 2019 Beach Volleyball World Championships
|Full name||Melissa Humana-Paredes|
|Born||October 10, 1992|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Hometown||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||63 kg (139 lb)|
|Beach volleyball information|
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.
In 2011, she won a silver medal at the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships with Victoria Altomare. Years later, as Hernan talked with volleyball coach Garth Pischke, he learned his daughter Taylor wanted to join the beach volleyball scene and suggested that the two daughters be joined as a team. Both were trained by Child. The new pair led Humana-Paredes to win the bronze medal at the World Under-23 Championships and be named the top female rookie in 2015 by the International Federation of Volleyball.
Humana-Paredes competed at several Grand Slam and World Cup events, reaching the round of 16 at the 2015 Beach Volleyball World Championships and the semi-finals at the 2015 Pan American Games. From August 23-28, 2016, she competed with Pischke at the Long Beach, California, Grand Slam. Playing in Pool-A, they lost to Maria Antonelli and Lili of Brazil (21-11, 23-21), and April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings of the United States (21-16, 21-17) in straight sets. Playing against Carol and Ana Patrícia of Brazil, they won in straight sets (21-19, 26-24), placing them in 3rd in Pool-A.
Humana-Paredes and Pavan won gold at the 2019 Beach Volleyball World Championships, defeating Americans April Ross and Alexandra Klineman in straight-sets 2-0 (23-21, 23-21 for Canada's 1st medal ever at the event.