In a huge boost to the Australian womens Helloworld Travel Volleryoos a late call up has been offered for them to compete as the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) representative at the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) Challenge Cup in Lima Peru next week.
The Aussie women just missed out on qualification last month but now have been offered a second chance due to Kazakhstan announcing they can not take part.
The winner of the VNL Challenge Cup earns the right to compete in the Volleyball Nations League for 2019.
Coach Shannon Winzer is over the moon at the opportunity offered by the AVC and the FIVB.
“This an amazing opportunity for the team to compete on the world stage against some of the best teams in the world. This competition will be extremely
tough but we will be up for the challenge.” said Winzer.
“It will be truly next level and an experience that will only add to the ongoing development of this program and the young players we are working with.”
While it's an exciting opportunity it would not be possible without the generous support of the Asian (AVC) and international (FIVB) Volleyball organisations.
“We are very grateful for FIVB’s invitation to participate in this world class event and greatly appreciate the financial support that AVC has provided
us to enable our participation.” said Winzer.
The Aussies will then resume the rest of their season as soon as the Challenge Cup is over.
“From Peru we will then travel back to Australia and on to Bangkok to continue with our planned event in Sisaket, Thailand at the Thailand Senior Club championships. It means we get to play a lot of high quality games, exactly what we need right now."
Winzer concedes her young Volleyroos are still very much in the development phase but believes exposing them to top level competition is essential if they are going to grow and challenge the very best in the world.
"Last year in World Grand Prix we competed in Mexico and in 2016 we competed in Colombia, playing volleyball in Central/South America is a very special thing. The level of competition, the hype around these events, the fan support and the overall atmosphere around the games contributes to such memorable experiences, we’re really looking forward to Peru.” Said Winzer.
“We hope that we can build on our time in Europe and Kazakhstan in May. It’s about working to ensure that today is better than yesterday and tomorrow is better than today. We have everything to gain from playing in Peru, so we’ll be pushing for the team to play without fear and in the process find some consistency in our execution.”
The team selected for Peru is as follows:
Beth Carey © (SA)
Kelly Lean (VIC)
Mikaela Stevens (NSW)
Katarina Osadchuk (QLD)
Caitlin Bettenay (QLD)
Jennifer Tait (QLD)
Rebecca Reeve (SA)
Jaimee-lee Morrow (VIC)
Jennifer Sadler (WA)
Katrina Janssen (VIC)
Agnieska Kudziela (QLD)
Kathryn Chen (VIC)
Staff: Shannon Winzer (HC), Marty Collins (Assistant), Dan Ilott (Assistant), Henry Tram (physio), Mateusz Nykiel (scout)