Women's Indoor - Centre Of Excellence



VA seeks to establish a Centre of Excellence in Women’s Indoor Volleyball to be the home of the National Team (the Volleyroos) and the Centre of Excellence for the development of the most talented female players aspiring to be selected in the Volleyroos. It would be conducted under the same model as the VA Centre of Excellence for Men’s Indoor Volleyball, based at the AIS in Canberra. The Centre of Excellence would be a partnership between VA, the relevant State Volleyball Association, and a third party host/provider.

VA is seeking Expressions of Interest from various organisations and bodies who may be interested in hosting the Centre of Excellence.

More information can be found here.

Volleyball stars of future head to Canberra



Volleyball teams from all over Australasia will converge on Canberra this week for the Australian Junior Volleyball Championships, with Queensland looking to continue its domination of the 26-year-old event.

A total of 43 teams, including from New Zealand, will compete in U17 Challenger and Champions, and U19 Champions divisions.

Teams from Queensland have won the coveted Presidents Cup title in eight of the past nine years.

Victoria broke Queensland’s domination in 2012.

Several former and current Australian Olympians have played at the Australian Championships, and this year’s event is once again expected to unearth stars of the future.

This will be the third year the Championships will be held at the Australian Institute of Sport, the home of the Volleyroos.

Matches start on Monday, September 28, with the finals on Saturday, October 3.

Young guns prepare for run on Rio



Australia’s U23 beach volleyball world champions, Nicole Laird and Mariafe Artacho del Solar, make their long awaited return to international competition this week as they prepare themselves for an Olympic qualification battle next year.

Laird and del Solar will compete at the Xiamen Open in China, their first major competition since the beach volleyball World Championships in July.

“We’re feeling excited to be on the tour again,” Laird said.

“We’ve been working really hard since our last tour on making gains in the areas of our game which we found to be the farthest behind the best in the world.

“We were lucky to come up against some of the world’s best towards the end of the World Champs, and that’s when we played some of our best volleyball. It gave us the opportunity to see what needed the most work.”

With Australian top seeds, Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy, almost guaranteed qualification for the Rio Olympics, it leaves the door open for del Solar and Laird to qualify through the Asian Continental zone.

“We are a team of high expectations, and always aiming for international standards in everything we do,” del Solar said.

“Therefore we are going for a podium finish here in Xiamen. We’ve had a good preparation in the last two months and we are ready to jump back on the sand and compete again.”

Laird and del Solar will go straight into the main draw in Xiamen, while another Australian team, sisters Jordan and Justine Mowen, will have to win their way through the qualification tournament.



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