Successful ABVT Championships for the Australian Volleyball Academy


The Volleyball Australia Australian Volleyball Academy (AVA) is off to a great start in 2020, with 12 of its athletes competing in the Australian Open Beach Volleyball Championships at Manly Beach over the weekend. The AVA athletes came away with a win in the Men’s Division 2, and five athletes making the quarter finals in Division 1.

For AVA athletes Izac Carracher and Ky Landers, the Division 2 gold medal was a big achievement.

Said Izac on his win, “I’m really happy with how Ky and I played. I’m looking forward to a big year with my team mates and with the Australian Volleyball Academy”.

AVA beach athlete Jarrah Brownhill also showed a lot of potential on the weekend by playing sophisticated and fast volleyball and making it to the quarter finals with his partner Ryan Dagg.

After dominating last weekend with his partner Rob Reeves, AVA Beach athlete Mark Nicolaidis claimed a 5th place in the open event, further cementing his potential to perform at a higher level.

AVA beach athlete Alisha Stevens also had a promising weekend in Manly. The 16-year-old has just come off a large physical training block, which clearly showed in her improved performance against her older and more experienced opponents.

“I had a really awesome weekend playing against the best in the country. Stefie and I are happy with our performance this weekend. We now look forward to and are excited for under-19 Asian Champs!”, said Stevens on her weekend results.

AVA Head Coach Margo Wiltens was very impressed with the weekend, saying “I was happy to see we made progress with the athletes this weekend, with them understanding how to play to their strengths, and showing their maximum potential during every single rally”.

The Australian Volleyball Academy (AVA) headquarters and training base for the centralised AVA development program are located at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

The primary objective of the Australian Volleyball Academy (AVA) is to identify and develop Olympic potential athletes for Volleyball and Beach Volleyball. It is the High-Performance Development Program for volleyball and beach volleyball athletes who aspire to reach the elite level of their sport.

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