WOMEN’S VOLLEYROOS HEAD TO THAILAND FOR FIRST INTERNATIONAL TOUR IN TWO YEARS
Volleyball Australia is pleased to confirm the Women’s Volleyroos squad for their upcoming tour of Thailand.
Having had limited access to training opportunities and competition in the past two years, the 10-day tour will give the Volleyroos a chance to train and play each day at the FIVB Training Centre in Bangkok.
A 14-strong squad has been selected, following the recent camps at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.
Women’s Volleyroos Head Coach Russell Borgeaud said it is an exciting opportunity for the relatively new squad.
“Thailand is an opportunity to train and play, develop our connections and give a lot of new players an opportunity to step up to the senior international level,” Borgeaud said.
“We’ll be playing some matches against some of the local Thai teams, and training at the FIVB Training Centre in Bangkok.
“Teamwork is vital in volleyball and while this is an opportunity to improve our individual skills, we will also learn how our skills support the team.
“We’re working on building our understanding and expectations of each other and the team, and the best way to do this is to train and then test ourselves in real games,” he said.
Veteran Kell Lean will captain the group for this tour, an honour which she doesn’t take lightly.
“It brought a tear to my eye being asked by Russ to take on this role and it’s one I will never take for granted,” Lean said.
“I’m incredibly grateful and honoured to be wearing the green and gold again, and I hope that I can give our new members the same great experience that I was given in my rookie year by past captains and leaders of this team.
“It’s been a long two and a half years but already this group has made it worth the wait!” she said.
Volleyball Australia would like to congratulate the following athletes on their selection:
WOMEN’S VOLLEYROOS SQUAD
- Kell Lean (Captain) (VIC)
- Mikaela Stevens (NSW)
- Allysha Sims (SA)
- Tara Maland (SA)
- Annelies Jones (QLD)
- Caitlin Tipping (VIC)
- Caitlin Whincup (WA)
- Rebecca Redgen (QLD)
- Stef Weiler (VIC)
- Brodie Baker (QLD)
- Cassie Dodd (WA)
- Lauren Cox (VIC)
- Sarah Burton (WA)
- Tessa Browne (WA)
- Russell Borgeaud – Head Coach
- Rachel Rourke – Manager / Assistant Coach
- Nicole Hannan – Assistant Coach