PRESENTATION OF ‘OLY’ TO VOLLEYBALL OLYMPIANS AT VOLLEYFEST, MANLY BEACH


The World Olympians Association (WOA) today recognised 11 Olympians with the post nominal ‘OLY’ at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour event at Manly Beach.

Today’s presentation highlighted the collaboration between the Australian Olympic Committee and Volleyball Australia.

The Olympians, many of whom are competing in VolleyFest 2019 represented 4 countries, Australia, Austria, Canada and the United States at the Olympic Games in beach and indoor volleyball.

Triple Olympic gold medallist Kerri Walsh-Jennings who is looking to qualify for her 6th Olympics next year in Tokyo, was one of the recipients.

Also honoured was Australia’s gold medallist in beach volleyball from the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, Kerri Pottharst.

Fellow Australian Olympians recognised were Julien Prosser, Andrew Schacht, Taliqua Clancy, Mariafe Artacho del Solar, Liane Fenwick and Anita Palm.

Austria’s Alexander Huber, Canada’s Martin Reader and American Indoor Volleyball representative from the 1996 and 2000 Olympics, John Hyden also received the Olympic honour.

The Australian Olympic Committee’ Olympian Services Manager Daniel Kowalski OAM presented the Olympians with a certificate and an OLY pin.

Australian Olympic Committee Director and Volleyball Australia president Craig Carracher said the 11 Olympians recognised today have made an enormous contribution to volleyball.

The presentations take place at sporting events world-wide by Olympians, for Olympians, in recognition of being an Olympian for life.