Western Australia makes long journey for Australian Youth Beach Volleyball Championships

Western Australia makes long journey for Australian Youth Beach Volleyball Championships

The penultimate day of the Australian Youth Beach Volleyball Championships delivered spectacular sunshine and exciting on-sand action, with teams of all ages vying for a position in tomorrow’s finals.

The second of four events taking place at Coolangatta Beach as part of VolleySlam, the Australian Youth Beach Volleyball Championships sees states go head-to-head for bragging rights as well as the Championship title.

While many have travelled interstate, no one has travelled further than the 28-team contingent from Western Australia.

Under-18 player Rosie Alchin has been competing at the event since she was 12 years old and is thrilled that she has been able to make the trip one last time with long term playing partner, Ava Tweedie.

“I’ve come to this event for six years now and just love Coolangatta, it’s a really good beach. This is my last year of the event now that I’m in under 18s so I’m just trying to make the most of it and enjoy it as much as possible,” said Rosie.

“Being from Western Australia, we’re quite far away from a lot of the events, so it’s always really good to be able to come to these events, play against other girls in our age group and see people we haven’t seen in a while.

“Our age group is really strong so it’s been great to play against other girls at such a high level. It would be great to finish on a high with this being our last year, getting a medal will be great, but I think as long as we feel good about our end result as a pairing, then I’m happy,” said Rosie.

As the youngest of three sisters who all play beach volleyball, Rosie has been around the sand for as long as she can remember.

Her second sister Lizzie is a Developing Volleyroo and has recently made the move from Perth to Brisbane for training.

“I’ve got two sisters and watched them both compete throughout the whole of juniors, so being able to see where Lizzie is now is super exciting and inspiring,” said Rosie.

“Earlier in the week my sister had a chat with all of us girls in the Western Australian squad about how she got to be a part of the Developing Volleyroos. It was great for all the girls to hear because she used to be where we are and she made it all feel possible,” said Rosie.

For Lizzie Alchin, proud is an understatement when it comes to her younger sister.

“It’s amazing to see Rosie out there doing so well, I’m so insanely proud of her and of how far she’s come,” said Lizzie.

“I love watching Rosie play so it’s amazing that all the competitions at VolleySlam are played so close together and that we can come down and support each other, it makes for a really special week.

“This competition is so important for young players, it definitely helped me to get to where I am now. It really is a great development opportunity so it’s amazing to see so many kids here taking part,” she finished.

Also a part of the Western Australian contingent are U18 Boys Chayse Howitt and Oliver Thursby, two players who have come even further than most.

“Coming here has been amazing, it feels like an opportunity that has changed the whole course of my life where volleyball is concerned,” said Chayse.

“I’m from Augusta and Oliver is from Bunbury, so we’ve been training halfway between the two of us in Busselton. This is really our first-ever experience with beach volleyball, so we had to really push hard and commit to training to get our skills up to scratch,” he said.

Oliver echoed the sentiments from Chayse, adding: “We haven’t had as many opportunities as some kids seeing as we’re both from the country, so this has been a great opportunity to challenge ourselves and improve our skills.

“It’s also been great to get to know some of the other kids from Western Australia, and getting to know Chayse over the last few months has been awesome too,” he said.

For draw information and results – click here.

Volleyslam 2024 is supported by Experience Gold Coast and the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland.

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