Gamble pays off for Bawden and Clancy



Playing in Fort Lauderdale would have been more lucrative, would have given them more experience against top class opposition, but in the end the decision for Australian beach volleyballers Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy was simple.

"We as a team are supported to represent Australia, and to represent the Australian beach volleyball high performance program," Bawden said after successfully defending their Asian beach title in Hong Kong.

"We want to represent our country whenever and wherever we can. And this was a great opportunity."

While Bawden and Clancy were busy seeing off the best teams Asia and Oceania have to offer on the weekend, most of the world's best teams were competing in the season-ending World Tour event in Fort Lauderdale.

And when they beat the well regarded Vanuatu pair of Linline Matauatu and Miller Pata to win gold on Sunday, Bawden knew they’d made the right decision.

Bawden admits the Fort Lauderdale event did have attractions. The prizemoney was good, and the format where you are guaranteed of playing at least four of the best teams in the world were also enticing.

But the event carried no world ranking points, and less than 12 months out from Rio, its ranking points that are important.

The Asian Championships did carry points. It was Bawden and Clancy’s 11th ranking tournament of the year, meaning they only have to play one more before they can start culling their worst results.

Not that they’ve had many this year. It’s been a big 2015, that has propelled the Australians into the world top ten and almost guaranteed their country a place at Copacabana Beach next year.

“I could reel off the top of my head two or three match results this year that went down to the wire and went against us,” Bawden said from Hong Kong.

“Those results could have changed where we are, so it still burns in my chest. We always want more, and you’re only ever as good as your next performance.”

“But at least now we can prioritise next year. We can focus on our game rather than earning points.”

It’s a dream position for the Adelaide-based pair to fins themselves in. Bawden admits that financially she’s in the best position she’s ever been in her professional sporting career, and she can now take some time off before a full-on assault on Rio next year.

And while admitting to being a bit sick of airport lounges and long-haul flights, both she and Clancy will be heading back to Europe at Christmas time for the wedding off their team masseuse.

Bawden will be MC, and chief pie-watcher.

“We can’t ever switch off, certainly not at this stage,” she laughs.

“We have to watch how many mince pies are flying around.”

Australia’s Nicole Laird and Mariafe Artacho del Solar won bronze in Hong Kong to make it an all-Oceania podium at the Asian Championships.

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.


2014/15 Australian Junior Beach Championships

9th-12th April 2015
Glenelg Beach, Adelaide



U23 Men 

U19 Men 

U17 Men 

U15 Men 


U23 Women

U19 Women

U17 Women

U15 Women


courtesy of Adam Romanowski




Australia's emerging beach volleyball players have the opportunity to press their claims as the country's future stars by competing in the Australian Junior Beach Volleyball Championships. Teams will be vying for the coveted Australian Championships, with State’s chasing the ever elusive Andy Burdin Shield for the Champion State.

Click on the links below to download the Tournament Regulations & Players Handbook as well as the Team Nomination Forms. All nominations forms are to be sent through each of the State Volleyball Associations, so if you are interested in playing please make sure that you contact them ASAP to enter the event.


Age Group Eligibilities

To be eligible for the AJBVC you must meet the following age criteria;

  • U15: Must be born in 2000 or later (therefore the players must be 14 years or younger as at 31 December 2015)
  • U17: Must be born in 1998 or later (therefore the players must be 16 years or younger as at 31 December 2015).
  • U19: Must be born in 1996 or later (therefore the players must be 18 years or younger as at 31 December 2015).
  • U23: Must be born in 1992 or later (therefore the players must be 22 years or younger as at 31 December 2015).


Key Dates





Friday 6 March 2015


AJBVC Nominations Close – Due back into VA Office


Withdrawal of Teams after this date and time will incur a 50% charge of the entry fee.


Nominations received after this, will incur $50 per team late nomination fee.

Monday 9 March 2015


Applications in writing for Australian Citizenship exemptions for players are due into VA Office.



Proof of Age Documentation due into VA Office, ONLY for those competitors that DID NOT compete in the 2014 AJVC or 2014 AJBVC.

Wednesday 11 March 2015


Invoices to be prepared by VA and emailed to Member States for payment.

Friday 20 March 2015


Payment of Entry Fees Due.


Payments received after this, will incur a $200 late payment fee.


Pre-approval of Official Playing Uniforms due to VA office. Photographs via email. All uniforms not approved by this date, will be checked at the Preliminary Inquiry.

Wednesday 8 April 2015


Head of Delegation Meeting – Glenelg Beach

Wednesday 8 April 2015

7:00pm (EST)

Preliminary Inquiry and General Technical Meeting.  COMPULSORY FOR ALL PLAYERS, COACHES AND TEAM OFFICIALS – Location TBC

Thursday 9 April 2015

8:00am (EST)

Games commence, Glenelg, SA

Friday 10 April 2015

8:00am (EST)

Games continue, Glenelg, SA

Saturday 11 April 2015


Games continue, Glenelg, SA

Sunday 12 April 2015

8:00am (EST)

Crossovers and playoffs, Glenelg, SA

Approx. 3:00pm (EST)

Presentation and Closing Ceremony. Location TBC






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