NSW PREMIER JOINED OLYMPIC STARS OF THE PAST AND FUTURE AT VOLLEYFEST LAUNCH ON MANLY BEACH THIS MORNING
NSW Premier, Mike Baird, joined Sydney 2000 Olympic gold medalists, Kerri Pottharst and Natalie Cook, for the media announcement of the biggest beach volleyball event in Australia since the Sydney Olympics.
In the space of just two weeks, Manly Beach will host the Australian Beach Volleyball Tour Finals, the inaugural 4 Nations Cup, and the Asian Volleyball Confederation Beach Volleyball Championships.
Joining Premier Baird and the Olympic gold medalists at the launch this morning were Manly locals Nicole Laird and Mariafe Artacho del Solar, who are hoping to qualify later this year to represent Australia in Beach Volleyball at the Rio Olympics.
The Manly Volleyfest, which will run over three weekends from March 18 until March 28 and will become a regular fixture over the next three years at Manly Beach, thanks to the partnership with the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.
“Volleyfest is a festival of beach volleyball that sees some of the world’s best converge on Manly Beach for nine days of competition. With the Rio Olympics around the corner the competition will be intense, and it will attract visitors to Manly from around Australia and overseas,” Mr. Baird said.
Over the next three years Volleyfest is expected to attract more than 8,000 domestic and international visitors, with an estimated visitor spend of $6.2 million. The event will also showcase Manly Beach to a worldwide audience, highlighting the spectacular beach and surrounds.
Taking place just after the Australian Open of Surfing at Manly Beach, the event will see the Australian Beach Volleyball Tour Finals played from 19-20 March, the 4 Nations Cup played from 21-22 March and the AVC Asian Championships played from 25-28 March.
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres said the event was perfectly suited to Manly Beach.
“Manly is one of our State’s most iconic beaches, and is the ideal host for Volleyfest. I encourage all visitors to Volleyfest to take some time to explore the area’s restaurants, shops and natural attractions as there is something on offer for all ages and tastes,” Mr. Ayres said.
Volleyball Australia would like to thank the NSW Government, Destination NSW, Manly Council, Hancock Prospecting, the Georgina Hope Foundation, Bendon Lingerie, Three Threes Condiments and the Schwartz Family Company for their on-going support of its beach and indoor programs.
TOP VOLLEYROOS ENJOYING THAT WINNING FEELING
If winning form is good form, than three of our male Volleyroos are in incredible form at the moment.
Volleyroos captain, Tom Edgar, has just helped his new team, Beijing BAIC Volley, to its 16th consecutive win in China.
In Germany, fellow Opposite, Paul Carroll, and his team, SCC Berlin, are tracking at nine wins from nine outings.
And in the Netherlands, Jacob Guymer and his team, Abiant Lycurgus, have just clocked their 14th consecutive victory.
Volleyball Australia is proud to announce the appointment of its Head Coach for the Women Volleyroos (indoor team) for the 2016 international season including the FIVB Women’s Grand Prix.
Shannon Winzer has been the coach of the winning WAVL (Women’s Australian Volleyball League) team for the last 3 years, and in 2013 and 2014 also contributed as an Assistant Coach to the Women Volleyroos. She played in the WAVL for 5 years, and was a member of the national team in 2008 and 2009. A Canadian national, she also has playing experience in her home country and the UK.
She will guide the Volleyroos during the FIVB Women’s Grand Prix (Group 3) in June, when they will play against Cuba, Colombia and Croatia in Wollongong from 3-5 June, and against Mexico, Colombia and Kazakhstan in Colombia from 10-12 June, aiming for the finals in Kazakhstan from 17-19 June.
The campaign begins with a camp in Melbourne at the Maribyrnong Academy of Sport and Fairhills High School from 22 to 24 January, followed by camps in Adelaide (February), Sydney (Easter) and Brisbane (April) before some international matches in May.
“Shannon brings both enormous enthusiasm and passion to the Volleyroos campaign, together with significant and sustained success in the WAVL over recent years”, said John Boultbee, VA High Performance Director. “This stood her out in a strong field of international candidates, and provides a role model for Australian based coaches seeking to ply their skills on the international stage. Our best Australian based players have all nominated for the January camp, and will eventually be joined by some of the overseas based players, prior to the World Grand Prix.”
Shannon Winzer commented “I am excited about this opportunity to bring together the best players Australia has to offer and work with them to build a program that we can all be proud of setting the foundation for future success.”
Volleyball Australia is excited to announce the appointment of several new coaches and assistant coaches who will help drive the future development of volleyball.
Queenslanders Brendan Garlick and Martin Collins will take up the positions of assistant coaches at the Volleyball Australia AIS Centre of Excellence in Canberra.
Garlick has been involved as an assistant coach of the national men’s senior, junior and youth teams, while Collins comes to the position after a successful stint as the National Coaching Director of Papua New Guinea’s indoor and beach programs.
The Centre of Excellence is Volleyball Australia’s primary program for Australia’s best emerging indoor male players, replacing the AIS program and being run by Volleyball Australia.
Volleyball Australia has also announced coaches and assistant coaches for the Australian Beach Volleyball Network Centre at Manly.
Recent top-level players and recent coaching converts, Roger Jones and Sabine Link, will take up the roles of men’s and women’s coaches.
Jones will also be the Centre’s strength and conditioning coach.
Both Jones and Link have been coaching locally in recent years, with considerable success.
Brad Wall, the 2014 Master in Charge of Barker College Volleyball, will take on the role of assistant men’s coach, while former New Zealand player and coach, Howard Chang, will take up the position of assistant women’s coach.
Chang was formerly the national coach for the NZ women’s beach teams and the men’s indoor teams.
Volleyball Australia High Performance Director, John Boultbee, said the appointments were a major investment in the future of beach volleyball in Australia.
“We are confident we have assembled a top-class team, which will help build on Australia’s outstanding record in beach volleyball,” Mr Boultbee said.
“These are appointments that will help ensure aspiring top-class beach volleyballers in Australia will be able to access top-class training and advice.”
The Manly centre is the first of a planned series of state-based networks providing a high performance environment for talented volleyballers aged 14 - 18.
It is hoped the centres, also planned for Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and other NSW towns, will provide opportunities to prepare talent to join the Beach Volleyball Centre of excellence in Adelaide, and eventually future Olympic Games.
THE VOLLEYROOS 2016
NATIONAL WOMEN’S TEAM
In 2016, the Volleyroos will play in the FIVB World Grand Prix (WGP). The WGP Group 3 will be held from 3-5 June in Wollongong (v Croatia, Colombia and Cuba), from 10-12 June in Mexico or Colombia (v Mexico, Colombia and Kazakhstan) and 17-19 June in Kazakhstan (Finals).
Before that, Australia will compete in the VTV Cup in Vietnam in May, as well as in some preparatory matches in Australia.
Volleyball Australia (VA) is in the process of selecting a new coach for the Volleyroos, and expects to make a decision before Christmas.
The first camp for the Volleyroos in 2016 will be held in Melbourne from Friday 22 January to Sunday 24 January:
- Friday 22 January: 6.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
- Saturday 23 January: 9.00 a.m. to 12 noon and 2.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
- Sunday 24 January: 9.00 a.m. to 12 noon.
Players need to arrive on Friday afternoon/evening, and will be free to leave on Sunday afternoon. The location will be confirmed shortly.
The camp will be led by Shannon Winzer, along with a number of invited Assistant Coaches, including the Head Coaches of the Under 23 National Team and the Under 20 National Team.
Expressions of Interest (EoIs) from players who wish to take part in the camp are now called for. The coaching staff will issue invitations to players from the list of those who have submitted an EoI. The camp is essential for Australian based players seeking selection in the Volleyroos for the WGP and other events in 2016.
High Performance Director, Volleyball Australia