Australian Volleyball Academy athletes announced for 2022



Volleyball Australia and Volleyball Western Australia are pleased to announce the athletes who have been selected into the Australian Volleyball Academy (AVA) for 2022.

The AVA is designed to identify and develop Olympic potential athletes for Volleyball and Beach Volleyball. It is the High Performance Development Program for volleyball and beach volleyball athletes who aspire to reach the elite level of their sport.

15 women and 20 men will be part of the program in 2022, including four female and three male Western Australians.

Volleyball Australia National Pathways Manager Paul Smith said he is excited to present the next intake of AVA athletes.

“It’s always an exciting time of year as we prepare for a new year in the AVA program,” Smith said.

“The program is now entering its third year in 2022 and we feel like we’ve improved our service to athletes as well as continuing to define our role within the national pathway.

“The selection process was a thorough one and we’re very excited about welcoming our new athletes into our daily training environment, as well as those returning for their second year.

“On behalf of Volleyball Australia, our AVA program staff and coaches, I’d like to wish all new scholarship holders the best of luck as they navigate their introduction to becoming an elite athlete. I’d also like to thank the State Associations for their support in this process,” he said.

Volleyball Western Australia State Teams and Events Senior Coordinator Jackie Tamburri is proud of the seven WA athletes who have been selected.

“Volleyball WA is proud to see five returning and two new WA athletes be accepted into the 2022 Australian Volleyball Academy,” Tamburri said.

“These athletes have put in countless hours of preparation for many years across both codes of the sport, and we are so happy that their hard work has paid off to provide them with this opportunity.

We wish them all the best of luck and can’t wait to see what they achieve in 2022 and beyond!” she said.

Volleyball Australia and Volleyball Western Australia would like to congratulate the following athletes.


1 Elizabeth Alchin
2 Ella Schabort
3 Cassie Dodd
4 Sarah Burton
5 Kaia Clarkin
6 Tom Dempsey
7 Benjamin Farley