Victoria’s Nic Kaiser will come out of International retirement to play and coach the Australian team at the inaugural Beach ParaVolley World Series event, which will take place in China in May.
Kaiser, who represented his country at six International Indoor Para Volleyball tournaments between 1999 and 2007, will be joined by Brad Barclay and Nick Coburn in Volleyball Australia’s Standing Beach ParaVolley team.
Beach ParaVolley, which is effectively Beach Volleyball for people with a disability, has three team players on the court. This format of the game is seeking to become part of the program at the 2028 Los Angeles Paralympics. At the moment, only Sitting Volleyball is in the Paralympic schedule.
The aim of the Beach ParaVolley World Series is to raise the profile of the sport and to get more participants to enhance the chances of being part of the Paralympics.
Kaiser says he is keen to do all can to help his sport reach the desired goal and that is the reason why he has come out of International retirement. “I am not sure I’ll still be playing in 2028, but hopefully I can help our sport be included so the next generation of young volleyballers with a disability have something to aim for.”
Kaiser has coached national indoor and beach volleyball at a junior level, but this is the first time he has coached in the open grade.
Barclay, a leg amputee, Kaiser and Coburn, who suffers from Erb’s Palsy, will be in action in the Pintang Beach World Series Open from 9 to 12 May.
The tournament is the first of the World ParaVolleys planned events, forming a vital part of the sports’ Paralympic inclusion campaign.
In addition to the team, Australia is well represented at the international level of World Para Volley.Volleyball Australia Life Member and World Para Volley President: Barry Couzner, Volleyball Australia Life Member and Technical Delegate for the upcoming event: Steve Giugni and; CEO of Disability Sports Australia and International Classifier: Jenni Cole.
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