2021 Affiliate Awards Winners Announced

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Following the AGM on Saturday 23rd, Volleyball Victoria hosted the Annual Affiliate Awards.  Thank you to all those who attended the event. It was a great chance to thank those in the Volleyball Victoria community that contribute so much to the sport.

Congratulations to all our finalists and Award Winners.

Photos from the night can be viewed here.

Most Outstanding Teacher – Michael Miller (Billanook College)

Michael has been a teacher for over 37 years and started the program at Billanook College 22 years ago.  The time spent developing the successful program was done all out of school hours. He coaches every morning, lunchtime and after school and it is this selfless commitment from a full-time teacher and year-level coordinator that has built a strong, successful and positive volleyball identity at Billanook College.  Billanook’s coaches who volunteer their time for events are all past players. The volleyball rapport and relationship Michael develops with all of the students has led to this want to “give back” to the program.  These accomplishments would not have been possible without Michael’s tireless dedication to the program and the students.  Billanook has won numerous medals and awards at the Victorian Schools Cup and National Schools Cup.

Most Outstanding School – McKinnon Secondary College

Not only does McKinnon Secondary College fully support all Volleyball Victoria endorsed events and activities they also provide a volleyball sporting pathway for students at McKinnon Secondary College and the wider community. McKinnon Secondary College and McKinnon Volley always go above and beyond to provide an outstanding program for our students. They have the opportunity to train twice a week throughout the year. Even during Victoria’s lockdowns, they provided students with pathways and activities to continue training remotely. The School has achieved outstanding success in a range of volleyball tournaments and events in 2021.

Most Outstanding Junior Program – GMVA Spikezone

In 2021 GMVA were able to bring SpikeZone to Dandenong, Oakleigh, at the new Oakleigh Sport and Rec Centre as well as Upwey High School. GMVA use experienced coaches to run their spikezone sessions it is GMVA’s belief that if you instruct them well from the beginning of their time in volleyball, then they can keep those good habits the whole way through their time in volleyball. In 2021 GMVA had over 500 spikezone participants.

Excellence in Coaching – Luke Campbell

When it comes to involvement in volleyball, there are few with more. In 2021 Luke was involved in:

  • School volleyball with Mentone Grammar years 7-12
  • State Indoor team as a trails assistant
  • SpikeZone programs at Dandenong, Oakleigh and Upwey
  • Gippsland Academy of Sport head coach
  • Sunraysia Volleyball camp head coach
  • GMVA Director and head coach
  • Centre of Excellence head coach
  • Head of USA & Canada College placements through GMVA
  • Member of the Volleyball Victoria Coaches Commission
  • Mentor coach to numerous up and coming coaches
    During the final lockdown he undertook a 9 session per week schedule across the whole GMVA program. 3 sessions per week with the Centre of Excellence, 5 sessions with the larger academy and an interview series with GMVAers living overseas.

Volunteer Achievement Award – Catherine Gordon (Maroondah Volleyball)

Maroondah Volleyball secretary since 2011, Catherine has been the driving force behind many MVA activities and programs, many of which she has initiated, others she has managed and/or coordinated. She created and implemented many MVA policies.  In 2021, Catherine initiated the Maroondah Volleyball Good Friday tournament, a family fun day at Maroondah Nets, as well as face painting and kids’ crafts, easter egg hunts, silent auction, BBQ and a craft stall being just a few of the other activities available on the day. She successfully initiated the #MVKeepItLocal campaign in 2021 to help support our local community and businesses through the Covid-19 period by promoting them on Maroondah Volleyball social media.

Most Outstanding Association – Volley Friends United Melbourne

From a social group of less than 20 players to a community of over 200 people, Volley Friends United Melbourne has been one of the fastest growing clubs in Melbourne. While the pandemic has made it hard to consistently reach out to budding volleyball fans, the club was still able to maintain a steady number of 200 players. VFUM has been working hard to expand into the eastern suburbs for volleyball enthusiasts who are restricted by distance and time. The association has openly and consistently promoted trainings for coaches and referees to members who are interested. In 2021 Volley Friends United Melbourne remained active and accessible all throughout the year. It has utilised every opportunity and resource it was awarded amidst lockdowns to safely push forward activities for the health and wellness of its members.

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