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Total investment 2016-17: $2,832,000 (high performance: $2,337,000; participation $450,000; other: $45,000)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 32% 


Two women’s pairs qualified for Rio. The top women’s pair of Louise Bawden and Teliqua Clancy finished equal fifth, exceeding their seeding of No. 7. The second pair of Maria Fe Artacho del Solar and Nicole Laird were unseeded and finished 19th overall. Unfortunately, no men’s pairs achieved qualification for Rio.

Volleyball Australia conducted a review with all coaching and technical leadership positions advertised. The technical director/head coach position have been filled together with all other coaching positions. This represents a significant change of culture and approach.

Volleyball Australia believes the athletic talent exists within the program to return beach volleyball to the podium during the Tokyo cycle.


The men’s indoor team had a disappointing year in 2016 and did not qualify for Rio, this is despite defeating a number of top teams in the world during the previous three years.

Volleyball Australia conducted a full review of the team performances across the Rio cycle following the conclusion of the 2016 World League. This review identified a number of issues that have resulted in structural, cultural and personnel changes including a search for, and subsequent appointment of a new head coach.

Retention of the experienced senior athletes is essential to future performance. A new player support scheme is being introduced for the Volleyroos in 2017.

Governance commentary

Volleyball Australia is progressing with its governance and has been working to make the necessary changes in line with the ASC’s Mandatory Sports Governance Principles. Volleyball Australia provides significant opportunity for stakeholder engagement through national forums and made effective use of a recent board evaluation. It should adopt key changes to the constitution to achieve greater compliance with the principles including a maximum term in office for directors to serve no longer than 10 years.

2016 Benchmark event // Beach - Olympic Games

Medal target: 0-1

Actual: gold 0 silver 0 bronze 0 total 0

Non-medal target: Y

2016 Benchmark event // Indoor - Olympic Games (men)

Medal target: 0-1

Actual: gold 0 silver 0 bronze 0 total 0

Non-medal target: N

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