It is shaping up to be the biggest AJVC in recent memory with 75 teams coming to the AIS in Canberra for the week-long series starting on 29 September.
The 30th anniversary of the event has also attracted teams from New Zealand and Thailand.
Joseph Stone, who is playing in the Victorian under 19 boys Blue team, returns for his third AJVC, “I’m excited to be playing at a new venue in Canberra,” he says. Named his team’s Most Valuable Player in 2018, Joseph is looking forward to pursuing overseas college volleyball opportunities in the near future.
Marija Lukic, who plays in the Victorian under 19 Girls Blue team, is also looking to head overseas, chasing her volleyball dream, “I hope to go to college in America and after that play professional volleyball.”
Marija played in the under 19s for Victoria last year, the team winning gold, defeating Thailand in the final. She is also returning for her third AJVC.
Queensland will again be one of strongest states sending 17 teams in four age groups to Canberra.
The AJVC will be one of a number of volleyball-related events in Canberra from 29 September through to 10 October. Other events include a major coaching conference, a junior development camp involving the Australian and New Zealand Youth teams, and a referees’ workshop.