General Manager’s Update

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General Manager’s Update

December 20, 2017, 10:13 AM AEST









General Manager’s Update

22 December

•    2017 Review
•    Board update - Christmas Message

2017 Review

The Victorian volleyball community has enjoyed a successful 2017, acknowledged in the Office by growth in participation and membership across the State, an increase in teams competing in State League, and growth in affiliate associations.

Longstanding affiliates celebrated significant milestone anniversaries with Eastern Metropolitan Volleyball Association enjoying their 50th year, and both Croydon & Districts Volleyball Association and Sunraysia Volleyball Inc their 40th.

On court, Monash University underscored their dominance of State League once again earning the title of Champion Club and the Tomas Santamaria Shield.  In the Australian Volleyball League, Uni Blues secured a remarkable fifth successive Women’s Championship, having already attained an unprecedented fourth consecutive title, this success was testament to the behind the scenes work that maintained the highest standards following considerable disruption to the squad from previous years.

Mazenod College replicated their success at the Victoria Schools Cups – Three Day event where they were crowned Champion School by claiming the title of Best Boys’ School and top five overall at the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup; a remarkable feat for a school that competes in only one gender.

Individually, several athletes enjoyed success both nationally and internationally; Damien Schumann continued his rise, partnering with Chris McHugh to be Australia’s most successful Beach Volleyroos.  While, Bec Ingram and Carrie Van Rensburg took out their third consecutive AJBVC Gold Medal and went on to claim Youth Commonwealth Games Gold in the Bahamas.  We also farewelled athletes to college and professional opportunities overseas.

Coach Shannon Winzer enjoyed her first year as the Head Coach of the Women’s National Centre of Excellence and was joined by a number of Victorian athletes.  While Referee Steve Giugni was awarded Life Membership by Volleyball Australia.

We congratulate these and all Victorians who made their mark in 2017.

Board update - Christmas Message

On behalf of the Board, I would like to take this opportunity to wish our members, sponsors, stakeholders a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

I extend heartfelt thanks to all our community for their efforts contributing to another successful year for volleyball in Victoria.  As outlined above, numerous achievements have been marked in 2017 and present the difficult, yet inviting challenge to achieve more in 2018.

The Office enjoys a modest break over summer, closing on Friday, 22 December and re-opening Monday, 8 January, gradually returning to full staffing through the month of January.  Stay safe and see you in the new year.

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