Academy athletes competed successfully at the Good Neighbour Tournament in Canberra, which concluded on last Sunday. A total of 96 teams from around Australia were represented.
The Academy had three teams entered, and achieved a win (womens Div 4 team) and a second place (men's Div 3). In the women's team Laura Neilsen and Cassandra Hallam were named most valuable players.
The squad's Program Manager, Sharlene John played for Bairnsdale in the women's Div 1 where they finished second. Sharlene won the most valuable player award.
Congratulations to our teams, coaches and support crew on the great results.
Following selection in Victorian teams, Harley Atcheson and Brodie Watts competed in the Australian u15 Championships which concluded yesterday.
Harley played for the Victorian Blue team. After five days of intensive competition, the Blues were successful and won the boys' title.
Brodie was in the Victorian Gold team. A developmental side and less fancied than the Blues, they were still well-placed throughout..
Congratulations to Harley and Brodie for their great results.
Special mentions also to those in the Academy Volleyball Program who contributed to the Victorian teams. David Smythe (our Head Coach) coached the Victorian Whites and Sharlene John (Program Manager) was Assistant Coach; Andrew Fisher coached the Golds and was assisted by ex-Academy member, Emily Healey.
In other volleyball news, two former Academy members will compete in Asia next month. Sally Deed and Danielle Stott, both now established members of the National Youth Volleyball Team, will compete with the Team in the Thailand Junior Championships.
Both girls are former Academy Volleyball squad members, and Sally was also a trainee coach for the squad.
Former Academy athlete Danielle Stott, and former Academy athlete, now trainee coach, Sally Deed, have been selected to represent Australia in the National Youth Team.
The team will play a 5 test series in the Jenny Kirk - Trans Tasman series vs New Zealand starting Sunday 25th September through to Thursday 29 September at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.
Stott has represented Australia before competing in New Zealand and Asia, but it is Deed’s first time of wearing the Australian guernsey.
The Gippsland Sports Academy extends congratulations to our former scholarship holders and we are positive that they will do Gippsland proud.
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