Christmas Island making Australian Volleyball Schools Cup Debut

Christmas Island making Australian Volleyball Schools Cup Debut

The 2023 Australian Volleyball Schools Cup is well underway on the Gold Coast in Queensland, with day three of the action providing more than its fair share of exciting moments and big plays.

Alongside the many returning faces, there are a number of schools competing at the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup for the very first time, and while many have traveled across the country, there are few who have traveled further than the team from Christmas Island. 

The year 12 division 1 boys team have traveled more than 5,000 kilometers to attend the largest participation event on the Volleyball Australia calendar.

For Mitchell Mcknight, traveling to the Schools Cup and representing his community is a proud moment and an experience he will not likely forget.

“It feels so good to be here,” he said. “It’s my first time representing Christmas Island and I feel really proud to be here in this uniform representing our community.

“We train and play all the time so it feels really good to have won our first game and come out strong, it’s definitely given us a lot of confidence going into the rest of the competition.

“I’m really excited for this week, to play the sport we all love, and keep having fun with my best friends.”

Having only ever competed against teams from country Western Australia, Christmas Island made their Schools Cup debut on Monday against Queensland’s Good Shepherd Lutheran College, winning 3-0.

Matthew Sambell, fellow Christmas Island athlete, is thrilled the team has had such a good start to the event after traveling so far.

“It’s great that we’ve been able to come here and play volleyball on a bigger stage than we’re used to,” said Sambrell. “It was a long flight but totally worth it to be able to be here and just enjoy it.

“It’s just awesome to be able to play with so many different people, it’s such a good challenge. We played Good Shepherd on our first day and they were easily the best team we’ve ever played, so it’s already been good to be able to step up and play to a new level.”

The Australian Volleyball Schools Cup is taking place on the Gold Coast this week from December 3-9. To follow along with the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup action and results, visit the event specific website here.

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