Bawden and Clancy dare to dream of Copacabana

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BAWDEN AND CLANCY DARE TO DREAM OF COPACABANA BEACH

There was a pause at the other end of the phone, followed by a sigh, and then mock exasperation.

“It sat on the damn tape, and if that tape hadn’t been so new it would have gone over!”

It was Australian beach volleyballer and two-time Olympian, Louise Bawden, reliving the heartbreaking serve she had on match point at this year’s World Championships that could have put her and Taliqua  Clancy into the semi-finals.

“We knew that we could have won that match, and for me that was definitely the part that stung the most,” 34-year-old Bawden said this week.

“I had the serve on match point, and I won’t forget that. It sat on the damn tape, and if the tape hadn’t been so new that ball would have gone over!”

“It was ridiculously tight,” Clancy chimes in.

The Australians went on to lose the match, against Brazil’s Lima and Fernanda, 21-15, 16-21, 16-18. The Brazilians went on to win the silver medal, while Bawden and Clancy had to settle for fifth.

TEAM PROGRESS

But it says a lot about the progress of Bawden and Clancy that they were disappointed with the result.

They only came together after the London Olympics, and had reasonable but not outstanding 2013 and 2014 international seasons.

I’m speaking to Bawden while she waits at Los Angeles Airport to fly back to Europe for this week’s Olsztyn Grand Slam.

Her and Clancy have just finished fourth at the Long Beach Grand Slam in California, their second top four result for the year.

But Bawden is disappointed.

“We had to cop a fourth, but we’re definitely pleased to make the final four,” she said.

“The aim is always to win that round three match and get into the pointy end of the competition. But we didn’t quite capitalise this week, so that was a bit of a shame.

“It’s not particularly pleasant to go through two losses and feel like we haven’t performed the way we would have liked to.”

Bawden agrees that 12 months ago she would have been stoked with a top four finish, and that it’s a good sign that she’s now down on herself.

“Yes, you don’t want to get too down about a fourth, and feel like we’ve failed,” she said.

“But our plans on the domestic tour revolve around the expectation we will be playing on the final day, and we want to build the same sort of mindset on the World Tour.

“The lifting of expectations can’t become a measuring stick for the measuring of the experience. It’s part of the evolution of the team.”

OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION

That evolution has propelled Bawden and Clancy into a top five ranking in the race for Olympic berths next year. The top 15, as of June 2016, will earn their country starting gigs in Rio.

Put simply, things would have to go very, very bad for Bawden and Clancy to fail to qualify from here.

But Louise Bawden is one of the world’s most focused athletes, driven and with a steely resolve to succeed.

She can’t deny the healthy position she and 23-year-old Clancy find themselves in, but you have to push her to acknowledge life as an aspiring Rio Olympian is pretty good.

“It’s exciting,” she said.

“It puts us in a position where we are actually taking steps towards the ultimate dream, where we are putting ourselves in a position where we are testing ourselves against the best teams in the world.

“We can now start to focus on positively influencing our potential Olympic seeding.”

And even though she would prefer not to, preparing for next year’s Olympics is going to require replaying her experience at the World Championships, and that shattering failed serve.

“The World Championships was an opportunity to go through an experience most similar to the Olympic Games,” she said.

“The format, the experience, the way everything is run. It was like our Olympics for this year, it was important for more than just our team, but also for Volleyball Australia. So there was a reasonable amount riding on it.

“Losing that quarter final, it wasn’t the only thing, but it’s the sort of thing that sticks in our brain.”

Another top four finish for Bawden and Clancy

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ANOTHER TOP FOUR FINISH FOR BAWDEN AND CLANCY ON WORLD TOUR

Australia’s top female beach volleyball combination, Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy, continue to impress with another top four finish at a World Tour event.

Bawden and Clancy will battle for bronze early Monday morning at the Long Beach Grand Slam in California.

The Australians are currently sitting fifth on the Olympic qualification table, with the top 15 as at June next year automatically qualifying for Rio.

Bawden and Clancy came together after the 2012 London Olympics, and after solid but unspectacular 2013 and 2014 seasons, have become one of the world’s most consistent teams this year.

They finished fifth at this year’s World Championships, losing to the eventual silver medalists.

Their best performance this year was a bronze medal at the Porec Grand Slam, but they have had an additional four top five finishes before this weekend.

Bawden and Clancy will take on Germany’s Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst for the bronze in California early Monday morning.

Women's Grand Prix added to bumper June 2016 calendar

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WOMEN’S GRAND PRIX HEADING DOWN UNDER AGAIN

Australia will host the opening leg of the women’s volleyball World Grand Prix next year, with former world powerhouses Cuba confirmed as one of the teams who will be heading Down Under.

The announcement by volleyball’s world governing body, the FIVB, brings to three the number of major international volleyball events Australia will host in June 2016.

Australia will host the opening weekend of the group three Grand Prix competition, with Cuba, Colombia and Croatia making up the round robin quartet.

The following weekend Australia will take on Mexico, Kazakhstan and Colombia again, in Mexico, before the group three finals.

Earlier this week it was announced Australia would also be hosting in June the opening round of the men’s group one World League, with current World League champions, France, and Olympic bronze medalists, Italy, taking part.

And in late June an Australian beach will host the Asian qualifying tournament for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

2016 will be Australia’s third year in the World Grand Prix, with the team still chasing their first victory.

Last month Canberra hosted the 2015 group three final, the first time the Australian women’s volleyball team had played in Australia since the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Volleyball Australia will seek expressions of interest from Australian cities interested in hosting any of the three major events next year.


MINIVA

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.

Please send a cover letter and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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