Lucas Josefsen signs with the Australian Volleyball Academy for 2021


The Australian Volleyball Academy (AVA) is delighted to announce that Queensland athlete Lucas Josefsen will be joining its 2021 program. The AVA headquarters and training base are located at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra (AIS).

The 17-year-old St John’s Anglican College student was a member of the Brisbane Lions AFL Academy before he made the decision to pursue Volleyball over AFL a few years ago. Lucas first heard about the AVA at a Volleyball Australia Junior Development Camp in Bendigo in 2018. The Queensland youngster has since successfully represented his state in both beach and indoor disciplines.

“I can't wait to join that AVA and start full-time volleyball training”, said Lucas on his AVA 2021 signing. “I am very grateful for this huge opportunity!”.

AVA Men’s Head Coach Brendan Garlick is excited about Lucas’ signing, saying,” Lucas is exactly the calibre of person and athlete we are seeking to work with at the AVA”.

“Not only does he show a very high level of potential as a volleyball athlete, he is also an outstanding young man.”

Although Lucas has only been playing volleyball since 2016, he has enjoyed quite a lot of domestic success, being part of teams winning the under-17 Championship in 2019, and the2020 QLD Schools Beach Championship.

Citing Men’s Volleyroo Tom Edgar as his inspiration, Lucas hopes to eventually follow in Tom’s footsteps and one day play for the Volleyroos.

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