Volleyball Australia (VA) remains confident that current funding levels will be confirmed to allow the Australian Men’s Volleyroo’s team to undertake the qualification campaign for the 2020 Olympic Games as planned.
The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) has indicated Volleyball Australia’s funding for its Senior Indoor Men’s National Team (Men’s Volleyroos) will be contestable from the 1st of July 2019. VA currently receives no AIS funding for its Women’s Indoor National Team.
While this announcement by the AIS at such a crucial time in the Olympic cycle is concerning, VA is optimistic that it can continue to build on its recent performances on and off the court and generate the confidence to ensure current levels of funding are maintained beyond 30 June 2019.
The Men’s Volleyroos are well placed to achieve their performance objectives for the 2020 Olympics based on results in the 2018 Nations League and the World Championships. This season the Men’s Volleyroos beat nine teams ranked above their world standing of 16th and went undefeated against sides ranked lower.
The timing of a decision by the AIS in early 2019 is crucial to enable VA to execute its Olympic qualification campaign for the team.
VA is pleased to receive confirmation that AIS funding for the Beach Volleyball Program will continue through until 31 December 2020. This will allow VA to plan and execute a performance plan for the Beach Volleyball Program for the 2020 Olympics.
The Australian number one women’s team is currently ranked third in the world following outstanding results at the Commonwealth Games and in the 2018 World Tour.
VA also welcomes the support it has received from the AIS in upgrading the volleyball training facilities at the Canberra campus, as well as the provision additional performance support for its Senior Women’s Beach Program, its consolidated office space and corporate workforce support.
VA will continue to work closely with the AIS to implement the strategic changes it has foreshadowed to position the sport of volleyball for the challenges and opportunities of the future.
Craig Carracher, President Andrew Dee, CEO
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