Kiefer Sinclair to Join the Australian Volleyball Academy


 

The Australian Volleyball Academy is proud to announce that New South Wales Volleyballer Kiefer Sinclair will be joining its 2021 cohort.

Kiefer only started playing volleyball in 2017 for Pittwater High School, and instantly fell in love with the sport; he spends countless hours doing setting practice before he goes to sleep each night.

He then joined the Sydney North Volleyball club and has also gone on to represent NSW in state volleyball.

Kiefer first heard about the AVA, and its coaches and training environment through a current AVA athlete, so he decided to put in an application for the 2021 intake.

“I can't wait to get to the AVA and start training with like-minded athletes and learning to become a better player”, said Kiefer on his 2021 signing.

“I am honoured to be chosen and look forward to working with the other players, coaches and mentors to pursue my goal to become a professional player and represent my country at the highest level”.

One of Keifer’s fondest volleyball memories was cheering on his Sydney North honours team to a 3-2 win in a bronze medal match.

“That culminated a season that taught me so much, “reflected Kiefer on this match.

“Not just how to perform on and off the court with high level athletes but specifically - alone we can do so little but together we can do so much”.

Men’s AVA Head Coach is looking forward to working with Kiefer in 2021, saying “having already gained a lot of playing experience on the New South Wales beach volleyball scene, Kiefer brings an exciting skillset with him to the AVA”.

“Another outstanding young man with a lot of determination to make it internationally, we are definitely looking forward to working with Kiefer over the next couple of years”.

Kiefer’s main volleyball inspiration is Italian beach volleyball player Adrian Carumbula, who he saw compete at a World Tour event at Manly Beach. Adrian’s creative style in his tactics and gameplay is what Kiefer admires and hopes to be like one day.

Kiefer’s short-term goals are to represent Australia at the U19, U21 and U23 Asian Championships, and eventually go on to compete at the Commonwealth Games and World Championships. His biggest dream is to stand on the Olympic podium while representing Australia.

Kiefer will begin his AVA journey in Canberra in January 2021.

The primary objective of the Australian Volleyball Academy (AVA) is 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.

For any enquiries, please contact the AVA team at pathways@volleyball.org.au