General Manager’s Update 31 October

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General Manager’s Update 31 October

November 15, 2018, 08:17 AM AEST








General Manager’s Update

31 October

In the GM’s update this month:

  • Australian Junior Volleyball Championships
  • Australian Junior Beach Volleyball Championships
  • Board Update
    • Volleyball Australia AGM
    • Strategic measures

Australian Junior Volleyball Championships
The Australian Junior Volleyball Championships (AJVC) have been competed on the Gold Coast, Qld with the Victorian State team achieving a third place on count-back with SA; Qld once again claimed the President's Cup.  The team secured 1 Gold, 2 Silver, and 7 Bronze Medals.

This is an improved result on the previous year due in large part to the success of the U19 Girls’ Championship Division team.  Coach, Steve Holder, led his team to only one defeat for the week, a loss in the final round game to the Thai U19 Girls’ team.  Entering the final with the domestic gold medal assured, the U19 Girls went on to victory in four-sets.  Congratulations to our newest national champions!

I would like to congratulate all the athletes, the 16 head and 16 assistant coaches, who commit nearly year-round support from trials to championships.  I also extend thanks to the support personnel; team managers, physiotherapists and osteopath.

I would like to acknowledge Program Coaches, Luke Campbell and Nic Arena, for the immense effort in supporting the coaching personnel of 16 teams.  It is a long-term investment for which we are very thankful.

I would also like to thank our program partners: the State Government of Victoria, Australian Volleyball Warehouse, Joust, helloworld Helensvale Plaza, and Mikasa.

Volleyball Australia has already announced their intent to recommence managing the event and will host in Canberra in 2019.

Australian Junior Beach Volleyball Championships

Trials have commenced for the April 2019 Australian Junior Beach Volleyball Championships (AJBVC), to be hosted by Volleyball WA in Bunbury. This will be the final year of a three-year agreement for Volleyball WA as hosts.

Volleyball Australia has announced a restructure to age groups that would’ve denied our bottom-age U19s an opportunity to compete in 2019 and finishing their State junior representation.  As a result of entreaties from Volleyball Victoria, we successfully secured participation of U19s in the Championships for a final year.

The new restructure will create two additional age groups, U16 and U18, in addition to the current U15 and U17 ages.  Open U20 and U23 divisions will also compete in 2019, enabling older athletes the opportunity to pair with partners from inter-State.

Board Update

Volleyball Australia AGM

The Volleyball Australia AGM will be held in Canberra 24 November with stakeholder meetings following on Sunday and Monday.  Volleyball Victoria has made one nomination to the national Board and is confident of securing a position.

In what is expected to be an environment of robust discussion, Sport AUS (formerly the Australian Sports Commission) will present on the ‘One Management’ Model.  The One Management governance model purports to enable sporting bodies operating in the Federated Model system to streamline management processes, reduce administrative and overhead costs, and improve leadership capabilities and decision-making processes.

One Management is a controversial approach of which many State Sporting Organisations are unconvinced.  Currently only a very small handful of sports have adopted this model and it is still too early to determine evidence to their success.

Volleyball Australia is looking forward to celebrating Commonwealth Games success and providing advice on the restructure of operations and foundations for the next phase of development.

Strategic measures

Participation and membership continue to improve with 2018 tracking ahead of this time last year.  Volleyball Victoria remains engaged with key stakeholders, including State and local Governments, education institutions at all levels, and affiliates.

For more information, please see Membership Infographics

Geoff Rietschel
General Manager



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