The Australian Volleyball Academy (AVA) is excited to announce that Victorian athlete Stefanie Weiler will be joining its 2021 cohort at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.
“The idea of exploring the opportunities that exist within both disciplines of our sport is very exciting”, said Stefanie on her 2021 signing.
“I am very much looking forward to embracing this new training environment and working with the staff and athletes based in Canberra. I’m eager to grow as a player, and I’m excited to see what we can achieve as a team for Australia”.
Originally from Geelong, Stefanie spent the last six years as part of the Women’s Beach Volleyroos in Adelaide. During her time with the Women’s National Beach program, Stefanie competed on both the AVC Tour and FIVB World Tour, her biggest achievement being winning the Bronze medal at the FIVB Boracay 1 star in 2019 with teammate Britt Kendall.
AVA Women’s and Women’s Volleyroos Head Coach Marty Collins said, “For Stef to bring her experience of being a full-time athlete already and competing on the World Tour is invaluable to our athletes”.
“I look forward to helping Stef achieve her goals in our sport and to see what could be next in her career”.
Stefanie’s volleyball focus has mainly been on the beach, however in 2019 she was given the opportunity to play in ACT’s Good Neighbour tournament with the Women’s Volleyroos, and in 2020 played in the South Australian State League for the USC Lions.
National Technical Director Phil Borgeaud is thrilled with Stefanie’s signing, saying, “Stef will add enormous value to the AVA training environment”.
” As a senior, internationally experienced athlete, and a great team player she will help to set the tone for AVA’s aspirational younger athletes”.
Stefanie has as also achieved a great deal outside of her Volleyball accolades, graduating from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Human Movement and a Master of Teaching. She is currently working as a community inclusion worker for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
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.
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