Volleyball SA would like to congratulate the following athletes for recently being offered (and accepting) a position in the Volleyball Australia Centre of Excellence (COE), in Canberra.
Tara Maland Amelia Nitschke Matthew Drown
Amelia played State League Volleyball for Adelaide University (AUVC) and also played in the Australian Volleyball League (AVL) for the Adelaide Storm Women's team in 2017. Through her hard work and determination, she has been identified via scouting at AVL and was offered and accepted a position at the COE in Canberra.
Matthew started playing volleyball in Primary School with Marryatville Primary School in year 4 and was identified through the SASI talent search program in 2015. He trained in the VSA Academy (Tier 3) program for 3 years and has represented his School (Pembroke College), Club (Norwood), State (SA) and been a part of the Junior Aus program to name a few. Coach Edwina McCarron stated that Matthew was always keen to perfect his game and is a strong competitor.
Tara was introduced to Volleyball by Brighton Secondary School, where she has won a number of School Cup events under Sue Rodger and colleagues, and became the Special Interest Volleyball (SIV) Captain for 2017. Tara is two-time premiership league player for the Norwood Bears, and had her first state appearance in the U16 School State Team with her coach Shelley Clarke. Tara played both Beach and Indoor Volleyball for South Australia throughout her junior years, participated in several tours for the Australian Junior program with coach Nam Pham and was selected into the Commonwealth Games Youth Beach Volleyball Squad. During her development she trained in the VSA Academy Tier 3 and was a SASI associate scholarship holder with coaches Edwina McCarron and Michael Nelson for 4 years. Congratulations to Tara for obtaining a CoE scholarship.
Other SA athletes continuing on in the 2018 COE Canberra are:
- Anisa MacKenzie
- Jordan Colotti
- Malachi Murch
- Jackson Holland