Volleyball Victoria has returned from the Australian Junior Beach Volleyball Championships (AJBVC) held in Coolangatta, QLD.
Victoria won 1 Gold, 2 Silver, and 3 Bronze Medals finishing second overall in the Andy Burdin Shield, awarded to the best performing state/territory during the event.
Victoria sent 44 athletes across divisions U15’s, U16’s, U17’s and U18’s. The Championships was set to encompass the ABVT and the FIVB World Tour however due to international travel bans in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the FIVB event was postponed.
In the U15 Girls, Sakura Nakadai / Gemma McNamara / Hannah Mustovic / Emily Retschko defeated Queensland in a thrilling 3-set match against Queensland to take home the Gold Medal.
The U15 Boys’ team of Angus Apps / Kurtis Lavery / Thomas O’Reilly / James Kay and Luca Smith defeated Queensland for the Bronze Medal.
The U16 Girls’ Sienna Arena / Ella Mustovic defeated fellow Victorians Caitlin O’Reilly / Luella Greer for a Bronze Medal while in the U16 Boys, Called Fowler / Ben Carroll fell short of the ultimate prize with a Silver Medal.
Our U17 Girls Evangeline La Terra / Talia Samuel faced an impressive Western Australian team in the Gold Medal match, unfortunately, losing in two sets while the U18 Boys Joey Rodda / Dallas Kuipers won a Bronze Medal over Queensland.
Victoria has once again improved its results from last year’s campaign and we look forward to continuing this trend in 2021 when we return to Coolangatta.
Volleyball Victoria would like to thank all athletes involved in this years’ program – trials through to championships, all coaches and officials who have represented their state and to the families and sponsors who ensure that we can continue to develop Australia’s next generation of Beach Volleyball stars.
Thank you to the outgoing members for their time and commitment to our sport over their respective journeys, we hope to see you all maintain your involvement in Beach Volleyball in the coming years.
We also would like to thank Volleyball Australia for hosting the AJBVC and look forward to seeing what next year holds for us in the same climate.
We would like to thank the following people:
- Alana Hassell of Showgrounds Village Physiotherapy for volunteering her expertise for yet another State Team Program.
- Joust, Australia Volleyball Warehouse, and Helloworld Helensvale Plaza
- Oaks Calypso Plaza and Twin Towns
- Budget Gourmet Catering
- Nick Carroll Photography
- Virgin Australia
- Coolangatta Pizzeria
- All of the Victorian coaches who volunteered their time this summer and at AJBVC.
Congratulations to all involved and we look forward to celebrating with you at the 2020 Beach Blue and White Jacket Dinner at a time and date to be decided.
As always, thank you to Tony and Madonna Strong at Helloworld Travel Helensvale Plaza for the continued support of Volleyball Victoria and our community.
U15 Girls Sakura Nakadair / Gemma McNamara / Emily Retschko / Hannah Mustovic – Gold Medal
U15 Boys James Kay / Kurtis Lavery / Angus Apps / Thomas O’Reilly / Luca Smith – Bronze Medal
U16 Girls Sienna Arena / Ella Mustovic Bronze Medal
U16 Boys Callen Fowler / Ben Carroll Silver Medal
U17 Girls Talia Samuel / Evangeline La Terra Silver Medal
U18 Boys Joey Rodda / Dallas Kuipers Bronze Medal