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Total investment 2014–15: $2,764,000 (high performance: $2,460,000; participation: $64,000; other: $240,000)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 42%

indoor volleyball (men)

Volleyball Australia has been rated as progressing for both Olympic and Paralympic disciplines. The Australian team benefited from competition exposure in the FIVB Volleyball Word League in 2014. They played in the finals and qualified for the first division in 2015 — a first for Australia — and achieved their best ever finish at the world championships by finishing equal 15th (though missing their Volleyball Australia benchmark event target of 4–8th). While this performance is to be applauded relative to the team’s past record, Volleyball Australia’s target of a medal in Rio appears ambitious.

There has been significant leadership change in the sport, with a new CEO (April 2014) and high performance director (November 2014) providing a positive direction for the high performance program. The high performance director will oversee both the men’s indoor and beach volleyball sections.

Volleyball Australia will streamline the men’s indoor program. This is necessary given the large number of overseas contracted players and allow for concentration on the senior squad returning for team preparation from May to September, when they will play in the world league’s top division and in the Olympic qualifying competitions (Asian Championships and world cup).

In early 2015 Volleyball Australia commenced a recruitment process for a men’s indoor volleyball coach.

beach volleyball

Beach volleyball achieved its benchmark event targets for 2014 through the efforts of a men’s and women’s pair. This combined set of performances suggests Olympic qualification is a possibility for both male and female pairs, but a medal will require much work to achieve consistently high performances. Volleyball Australia also won the 2014 world under-23 women’s championships and Asian men’s and women’s senior titles.

Through new leadership, Volleyball Australia aims to provide greater direction and targeted resourcing going into the 2015 Olympic qualifying period — a labour-intensive period that will involve a lot of international travel.

Volleyball Australia became a company limited by guarantee in 2014 and is proactively working towards compliance with the ASC’s mandatory sports governance principles. Volleyball Australia has not conducted a board evaluation in the last 12 months and would benefit from this independent analysis. Additionally, Volleyball Australia needs to adopt appropriate systems and processes to ensure it continues to identify and attract skilled individuals through a skills audit and nominations process to become directors.

2014 benchmark event // indoor - world championships (men)

Medal target: -

Non-medal target achieved: N

2014 benchmark event // beach - world tour

Medal target: 1

Actual: gold 0 silver 0 bronze 1 total 1

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