VOLLEYBALL AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCES TEAMS FOR FIVB U19 BEACH VOLLEYBALL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Volleyball Australia (VA) is pleased to announce the four athletes who have been selected for the 2022 FIVB U19 Beach Volleyball World Championships.
Qualifying one men’s and one women’s team for the event, VA would like to congratulate Ben Hood (QLD), Toby Bergh (QLD), Cassie Dodd (WA) and Stefie Fejes (NSW) who have been selected to represent Australia.
The 2022 FIVB U19 Beach Volleyball World Championships will be held in Turkey from the 14-18 September, showcasing the best future beach volleyball talent.
VA National Pathways Manager Paul Smith offered his congratulations to the athletes.
“Any World Championships is the pinnacle for athletes to experience and test themselves against the world’s best,” Smith said.
“This junior event will feature many future Olympians, so it’s a fantastic opportunity to measure progress towards future goals.
“Our athletes have earnt the right to represent Australia and we’re sure they will do so proudly, we wish them all the best,” he said.
Head Coach Josh Slack said he is proud of the four athletes selected and excited to see what they can produce in Turkey.
“I am excited to be travelling to a major event with two exciting and dedicated teams,” Slack said.
“They have both been working hard on themselves and their teams, and are in the best position they can be to take on the rest of the world,” he said.
Queenslander Ben Hood said that he and Bergh are ready to get stuck in after a solid training block with the Senior Men’s program in South Australia.
“Toby and I are excited and looking forward to playing our second junior international competition together,” Hood said.
“With four weeks preparing in Adelaide, we are heading into the competition with a great mindset and physical state ready to compete.
“We are ready to go for gold,” he said.
West Australian athlete Cassie Dodd travelled to Queensland to prepare for the competition, and experience which she says has been of great benefit.
“It was an amazing opportunity to train at the Queensland Academy of Sport for the U19 World Championships,” Dodd said.
“We were able to build on our team dynamics and challenge ourselves in an elite training environment.
“It is an honour to represent Australian and further develop our partnership following the Asian Championships in Thailand.
“We are looking forward to competing hard and making our country proud,” she said.
The 2022 FIVB U19 Beach Volleyball World Championships will get underway on Wednesday 14 September.
Both Australian teams are through to the main draw, with the schedule to be released in the coming days.
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