Bring Back U23 AJVC Nationals
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The junior indoor volleyball program in Australia is currently broken. Once junior athletes hit 19, AJVC finishes ceases along with school programs and opportunities vanish. Athletes either have to commit to an elite level of volleyball, if they are willing to relocate and lucky enough to have already developed the skills for this by 18 or play club volleyball and hover on a local level of playing/training with scarce opportunities to progress.
Australia competes in U23 Asian and World Champ competitions for both men and women. By excluding the U23s division there is a lack of a developmental pathway for aspiring national athletes for these major tournaments. The higher division of AJVC encourages more athletes to stay engaged in volleyball in Australia at a national level and inspire younger athletes to pursue success in volleyball.
U23s is a key pathway to AVL volleyball. Without it, athletes over 18 lack a clear pathway into AVL volleyball. Athletes develop at different stages, some of the best athletes in other sports are mature age entry athletes. By taking out the U23s division we are taking away the opportunity for the Mitchell Johnson's of volleyball to enter the sport and thrive.
Volleyball is one sport, two disciplines. Lets bring back the golden days of U23 juniors and provide the opportunity for young Australian volleyballers to train, compete and thrive by being part of AJVC in 2017!
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