Another ANZAC clash looming at Scarborough

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While Australia and New Zealand will be battling for one-day cricket supremacy at the MCG on Sunday, on the other side of the country another ANZAC clash for sporting dominance is looming.

But instead of the luscious green grass of Australian cricket’s premiere venue, this contest will unfold on the scorching hot sand of one of Australia’s most famous beaches, Scarborough.

And while Australians might laughingly dismiss any notion of quality New Zealand beaches, in Mike Watson and Sam O’Dea the Kiwis have produced an outstanding beach volleyball combination.

The pair won the Oceania Championships at Manly Beach in November, followed up with a win on the Australian national tour at Surfers Paradise in January, and now hope to add Scarborough Beach to their list of conquests.

But there’s a strong Western Australian contingent who will have a strong say in the Sunday action.

Australia’s second-ranked combination of Josh Court, from WA, and Victorian Damien Schumann will be the New Zealanders first obstacle.

Court and Schumann lost the Surfers Paradise final to Watson and O’Dea.

They were last week named as one of two Australian teams to contest this year’s World Volleyball Championships in The Netherlands.

In the other men’s semi, top seeds Chris McHugh and Bo Soderberg will take on Western Australian pair, Casey Grice and Cole Durant.

The women’s semi-finals will also take on an International flavor, with the European combination of Michaela Vorlova and Lucia Michalovicova taking on Australian top seeds Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy.

In the other semi, London Olympian Becchara Palmer and World U23 champion, Mariafe Artacho del Solar, will take on two-time Olympian, Tamsin Hinchley, and Manly’s Sarah Battaglene.

WPV International referee course in Poland May 11th to 17th 2015

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World ParaVolley are welcoming individuals to attend in the World ParaVolley International Referee course in Elblag, Poland.

This course will run for 5 days, from the 12th of May til the 16th of May 2015.

Additional information can be found here (the two attached files)

Interested officials should contact their state association with an expression of interest.

Setting up for success

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From the 11th to the 13th of March 2015, Volleyball Australia conducted a workshop focused on pathways and the FTEM (Fundamentals, Talent, Elite, and Mastery) pathway framework. Volleyball Australia took a giant step forward in collective thinking as the States Executive Directors, National High Performance coaches from beach men's, women's and indoor plus management staff came together to further plan the future of Volleyball within Australia.

The Australian Sports Commission's National Officiating Scholarship Program aims to assist in the development of potential future high performance officials. The program is built on the desire to provide a career pathway for the officials upon completion of the scholarship. The structure for this intense learning program is flexible to meet the individual needs of the sport, duration varies from 4 to 52 weeks. Officials will be required to participate in hands-on officiating and undertake professional development courses and update/upgrade their level in the National Officiating Accreditation Scheme (NOAS).

Looking To The Future: 2009 & beyond

VA intends to apply for one or more scholarships on an annual basis. Details of the application process for interested referees will be displayed once they are released by the ASC around September each year. 

Ideally VA is seeking to support a scholarship program that will support a referee with a current AVRC accreditation of National AAA become an International Referee.  This will mean the intended scholarship program will include the following as its major components: 

  • Attendance at an FIVB International Candidate Course
  • Attendance at an international tournament in an observational capacity
  • Attendance at an international tournament as Australian representative referee

Other aspects relating to activity within Australia will be determined once a scholarship has been awarded. 

 

It is also appropriate to note that if no suitable applications are received from referees with a current AVRC accreditation of National AAA, VA will seek to support an application from referees with an AVRC accreditation at any National accreditation level, or even a State accreditation level if from one of the smaller Member States, to participate in a scholarship program focused on increased national level exposure and/or preparation for becoming an International Referee in the future. This is similar to the programs undertaken by Kevin Lentin and Russell Egan in 2005.

Please be aware there is no guarantee VA will be awarded a scholarship. The suitability of each sport applying to be awarded a scholarship depends on the quality of the referee education program in that sport, the ability of the sport to provide a quality scholarship program and the quality of the applications received from potential scholarship officials. Therefore, applicants should ensure that their application is of the highest quality, including presentation standard.

If interested in obtaining further information on potential scholarship applications and/or programs, please contact the VA Development Manager.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">

General information can be viewed on the ASC National Officiating Scholarship Program web page.

Current and Previous Officiating Scholarship Recipients: 

  • 2009 - Rob Szydlowski (Volleyball)
  • 2008 - Darren Grimsey (Beach Volleyball)
  • 2007 - Kevin Lentin and Cameron Olson (Beach Volleyball)
  • 2006 - Carla Hoorweg (Volleyball)
  • 2005 - Kevin Lentin (Beach Volleyball) Russell Egan (Volleyball)
  • 2004 - Phong Nguyen (Volleyball)

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