Last minute pairing triumph on Gold Coast

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A pair of beach volleyballers thrown together at the last minute have won the women's title at the Australian Grand Slam event at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast.
 
Adelaide's Becchara Palmer and Manly's Katie Bartoli came together as a pair just three days before the Gold Coast event. Their opening game of the weekend was the first time they'd ever hit together.
 
The pairing was the result of injuries to their regular playing partners.
 
"If we're honest, our first few games were not lovely," Palmer said after she and Bartoli defeated World U23 champions, Nikki Laird and Mariafe Artacho del Solar in straight sets, 22-20, 21-13.
 
"Maybe as a new pairing we were a bit tentative, a bit nervous and hadn't quite found our mojo. But we got better every match, and our final was definitely our best game."
 
It was Bartoli's first ever tour title, although she finished with two silver medals with regular partner Pip Soulsby last summer.
 
"I was 15 when I first started, I'm 23 now, so I'm pretty pumped," she said.
 
It was also the first Australian title for Palmer since her return to the beach volleyball tour after the London Olympics. Palmer retired after London, but then came out of retirement 12 months later and teamed with another Adelaide player, Zina Stone, with a goal of qualifying for Rio.
 
But those plans have been thrown into turmoil, with Stone forced to take a break from the sport through injury.
 
26-year-old Palmer is now desperately trying to find a new partner who will help her qualify for Rio.
 
In the men's final, New Zealand's Mike Watson and Sam O'Dea followed up their Oceania title from December with a three-set win over Australia's Damien Schumann and Josh Court.
 
Schumann and Court received three red cards during the match, costing them a point each time.
 
Two of those red cards came in the third set, which they lost 15-12.
 
"I think we handled that situation really well," Watson said.
 
"Typically I'm a person who lets the ref get on top of me, so I just tried to keep out of it and focus on my own game.
 
"We're kind of in the mix to qualify for the World Championships, and if we can do that it's a big step towards qualifying for the Olympics, so that's a big focus for us."
 
The final event of the Grand Slam series will be contested at Perth's Scarborough Beach in March.

Beach finals to push case for Gold Coast 2018

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Volleyball Australia is banking on a big crowd turning out for the final day of the Australian Beach Grand Slam at Surfers Paradise to boost its case for late inclusion in the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Volleyball Australia President, Craig Carracher, has not given up hope of convincing Games organisers to reverse their decision not to include the sport in 2018.
 
"They raised a couple of concerns with our initial bid, and we believe we have addressed those concerns," Carracher said.
 
"If there was any one sport that highlights Australia and it's culture, it's beach volleyball. And we are confident that will be further underlined by a big turnout for Monday's finals.
 
"We will continue to lobby, continue to make the case. We think it makes a lot of sense, we just need to convince the organisers."

The new beach volleyball pairing of Chris McHugh and Bo Soderberg will start favourites to win the men's event on Monday. 

McHugh teamed up with the veteran Soderberg after regular partner, Isaac Kapa, underwent shoulder surgery.

The new pairing tasted immediate success, winning the opening round of the Grand Slam at Manly Beach in November.

But they’ll face a big challenge just to get past the semi-final, with Melbourne-based Josh Court and Damien Schumann in good form this weekend.

Court and Schumann enjoyed some success on the World tour late last year, and are hoping to challenge for Australia’s 2016 Olympic team.

Another team with an eye on Rio, WA’s Casey Grice and Cole Durant, will take on New Zealand’s Mike Watson and Sam O’Dea.

Watson and O’Dea are the dark horses on the Gold Coast, having won the Oceania Championships at Manly in November.

In the women’s draw, teams are taking advantage of the absence of Australia’s top-ranked pair, Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy.

World under 23 champions Nikki Laird and Mariafe Artacho del Solar will start slight favourites to take the title.

Olympian Becchara Palmer has been forced to find a new partner for Surfers Paradise, after regular partner Zina Stone was forced through injury to take a break.

26-year-old Palmer, who is hoping to qualify for her second Olympics, has teamed up with Manly Beach’s Katie Bartoli in Queensland, but is on the lookout for a new long-term partner.

Palmer and Bartoli will take on former World junior champion, Alice Rohkamper, and her partner, Sarah Battaglene.

Queensland’s hopes in the women’s draw rest with teenagers Phoebe Bell and Stephanie Weiler.

The men’s final will start at 2pm, with the women set to begin at 3pm.

National Junior Beach Volleyball Development Camp

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On Monday 18 January 39 Girls and 26 Boys aged 13-18 arrived in Brisbane for a National Junior Beach Volleyball development camp.

The athletes and coaches stayed nearby at Griffith University and trained at Nat Cook’s Sandstorm venue.


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JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Title:

Community Development Manager – Pacific Region

Reports to:

Chief Executive Officer – Australian Volleyball Federation

Location:

Canberra. Other locations will be considered upon application.

The Organisation

Volleyball Australia (VA) is the peak body for the administration of the sport of Volleyball in Australia. VA’s Mission is to lead, partner and support the growth in participation, performance and profile of the sport in Australia.

VA is managing a grant from the Australian Government to support volleyball’s Pacific regional and national sports federations to achieve the following objectives; increased levels of regular participation of Pacific islanders, including people with disability, in quality sport activities; and, improved health-related behaviours of Pacific islanders which impact on NCD risk factors, focusing on increasing levels of physical activity.

Project Overview

 

Goal

To contribute to increasing the number of Pacific Island women (including those women with disability) aged 13 – 40 participating in moderate physical activity at least twice a week.

 

Outcomes

CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT  - Four Pacific Island Volleyball Federations have a strategy, skills, staff, structure, resources and systems to run participation-based programs for women aged 13 – 40 in peri urban and rural areas.

PURPOSEFULLY DESIGNED SPORT ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMS – Women aged 13 – 40 and gatekeepers to their participation consider volleyball activities to be safe, challenging, fun, well organized and designed to meet the participants’ specific needs.

PARTNERSHIPS - Relationships that contribute to achieving the objectives are developed with local and regional organisations.

PROFILE - Participating in Pacific Volleyball Partnership is regarded as important ways to spend time and the volleyball federation is perceived by partners and other key stakeholders to be an effective, well managed, trustworthy organization.

 


Outcome Indicators

  • All Pacific Island Volleyball Federations show increased performance against capacity indicators in the capacity framework.
  • 20% more (compared to the baseline) of the target demographic participate in moderate physical activity at least twice a week for at least 16 weeks (2 rounds of the program).
  • 80% of women indicate they will participate again or recommend participation to others. 
  • 60% of women participate in 3 rounds or more of the program.
  • 90% of women report feeling safe and included while participating in the program (including travelling to the program)
  • Regional and national partnerships exist with organisations that convene the target demographic.
  • Partners, gatekeepers and key stakeholders perceive volleyball programs to be effective, well-managed, trustworthy organization.

Target Beneficiaries

 

Women aged 13 – 40 in rural communities

PVP is delivered via a partnership between the Volleyball Australia, Oceania Zonal Volleyball Association, Vanuatu Volleyball Federation, Solomon Islands Volleyball Federation, Fiji Volleyball Federation and Kiribati Volleyball Federation.

Further Information

 

 

 

 

The Australian Government’s investments in sport for development: http://www.ausport.gov.au/supporting/international

Information on the Pacific Sports Partnerships: http://www.ausport.gov.au/supporting/international/programs/pacific_sports_partnerships

Information on sport as a tool for community development: http://www.sportanddev.org

Job Purpose

To manage the development and delivery of the Pacific Volleyball Partnerships program.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Lead and manage the development and implementation of the Pacific Volleyball Partnership as outlined in the 4-year strategy and 1-year work plan.
  2. Build strong relationships with the funding agency, other sports in the Pacific Sport Partnership program, state associations, Pacific Island Volleyball Federations, OZVA and key stakeholders to support the achievement of the Pacific Volleyball Partnership outcomes.
  3. Provide well-constructed reports including evaluations and reviews in line with VA Board, ASC, CEO and stakeholder requirements;
  4. Represent VA effectively in relevant forums;
  5. Promote and role model the VA values of inclusivity, equity, respect, pride, integrity and commitment and contribute to positive organisational culture and continuous improvement

Qualifications and Experience

  • Tertiary qualifications and demonstrated experience in community development, sports management or health promotion.
  • Experience in managing authentic partnerships in a range of sectors including government organisations, United Nations agencies, non- government organisations, sports federations and the private sector.
  • Ability to implement a program that uses sport to contribute to specific development outcomes including the Millennium Development Goals.
  • Ability to guide and support Pacific Island organisations in a process to create effective child protection and gender inclusion strategies.
  • Strong experience and technical skills in development processes including participatory design, project cycle management, logical framework approaches, monitoring and evaluation and behaviour change.
  • Experience in recruiting and managing remotely based staff.
  • Demonstrated capacity to provide balanced and concise advice to inform Board and senior management in relation to decision making

Knowledge and Skills

  • Highly developed strategic thinking skills including the ability to analyse and identify issues and implications and propose solutions; and
  • Strong interpersonal skills including emotional intelligence, cross-cultural communication and a sense of ethics and diplomacy.

Personal Attributes

  • Demonstrated commitment, drive and initiative with the ability to work independently and inter-dependently as a leader and manager; and
  • Demonstrated capacity to work as a productive member of a multi-functional team to achieve common goals, share information, support others and show consideration for alternate ideas and solutions

Direct Reports

In-country program managers (Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Fiji and Kiribati)

Budget Management

AUD $290,000

Contract Length

The position contract will be until the 30th of June 2015, with the possibility of extension.

Working Conditions

This position will involve regular international travel to the Pacific region (6 or more trips/year for 1 – 2 weeks) and some domestic travel.  It may require work during weekends or outside ordinary work hours.

Information for Applying:

Applications are due by 5pm 26th September, 2014.

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