Australian Junior Women's Team selected for Thailand Tour

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Volleyball Australia is please to announce the Australian Junior Women's Team (1998/99) that will tour Thailand from 23rd April to 8th May.

The tour will see 12 athletes and 4 staff represent Australia at the Thailand Under 21 National Championships.​  Prior to the tournament, these athletes will participate in a training camp at the FIVB Development Centre in Bangkok.

Our Australian team will train, acclimatise and play matches against a number of strong opponents that will include Thailand Junior Provincial teams (Under 21's). This tour is a critical component of our preparation and development for the future, in particular for the Asian Junior Championship campaign in 2016.

Congratulations to the following athletes & staff on their selection;

  • Brooke Freckleton (VIC)
  • Jamie Clayden (ACT)
  • Tara Maland (SA)
  • Bailey Jones (QLD)
  • Kateia Barenaba (NSW)
  • Carrie Van Rensburg (VIC)
  • Holly Mallet (ACT)
  • Mikaela Stevens (NSW)
  • Courtney Durston (QLD)
  • Caitlin Waterfall (VIC)
  • Bridget O’Malley (NSW)
  • Sabine Mills (QLD)

 

Nam Pham (NSW) – Head Coach
Rachael Georgieff (QLD) – Assistant Coach
Carmaine Ng (VIC) – Physiotherapist/Trainer
Bill McHoul (VIC) – Head of Delegation/Team Manager




Australian's ready to storm the sand in China

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The last time the rest of the beach volleyball world saw Australia’s Isaac Kapa and Chris McHugh, they were standing on a podium in Austria proudly clutching bronze medals.

Team Kapa/McHugh had steamrolled their way past some of the biggest names on the world tour to achieve not only their best International results, but also one of the best ever by an Australian men’s team.

Referee appointments and International confirmations

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It has been a busy period for our International referees with a number of appointments for International tournaments confirmed.

ABVC President's Update – November 2013

Over the past few months, while winter set in and our top men's and women's teams had one of their most successful seasons on the World Tour, the Australian Beach Volleyball Committee has been quietly working behind the scenes on various issues aimed at developing, maintaining and improving the sport.

Renault National Beach Volleyball Series

Following on from a successful 2013 Renault National Beach Volleyball Series, one of our members - Marta Makuch, developed a survey which was distributed to all players and staff to pull in real and honest feedback on how the Tour was perceived and suggestions on how we could make it better. All of the feedback was taken on board and many changes and improvements have been adopted.

With the employment of a new VA Events Manager comes a steep learning curve. So, over the past few months our entire Events Sub committee (Baz Wedmaier, Greg Jury, Marta Makuch and Al Hinchley) have greatly assisted Mat Meriaux, with many aspects of the upcoming National Tour. Specifically, Baz has produced the 2014 Hand Book and Greg and Al are assisting VA in the development of the National Ranking System.

Two of our members, Kerri Pottharst (President) and Aaron Crook (Representing the Players) were also involved in the planning meeting for the 2014 Renault National Beach Volleyball Series, from which a suggestion was raised to trial a new format. Aaron took that to the players and the feedback was almost 100% for the trial. We aim to trial the format at the first event in Glenelg, Jan 2014.

High Performance Program

With the advent of the Australian Sport's Commission's new Winning Edge program, Volleyball Australia has taken over the running of the High Performance program with much excitement. This responsibility has come with a necessity to re energise our current program and in doing so, Volleyball Australia sought the advice, experience and guidance from many of our members in helping to build an exciting new and sustainable system. An overview of the new system will be posted shortly on the VA website with an announcement of the posting sent out through the VA social media channels.

ABVC Structure

Finally, there has been some movement of positions within the ABVC. We were sad to lose Jonathon Fogarty from his board representative Chairman's position. Jonathon was not re-elected to the board of Volleyball Australia and chose to step down from the commission. Also resigning from the Commission was Andrew Scotford (other commitments) and Shaun Docherty (Relocating back to Canada.) Catriona Tweedie has stepped down from the Chair of the Particpation/Grass Roots sub committee, but will remain on the commission as a member.

We'd like to thank all of these members for giving up their time and being passionate about the sport they love. We wish them all well in their new endeavours.

Replacing Jonathon as VA's board representative is 1996 Beach Volleyball Olympian, Anita Palm.

We all look forward to a great season in 2014 and wish all of our athletes, coaches and administrators a very Merry Christmas with much good health and happiness in the New Year.

See you all on the sand

Kerri Pottharst

President

CEO Judy Flanagan wishes to thank all current and past members of the ABVC for their passion and commitment to working with VA to continue to develop and grow the great sport of Beach Volleyball. Judy said ‘VA is continuing to drive a significant change agenda that benefits all participants in Beach Volleyball and the ABVC have been integral in supporting this agenda. I would like to acknowledge the goodwill and personal time that ABVC members are contributing in this regard.

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