Volleyball Australia President Craig Carracher and Chief Executive Officer Mathieu Meriaux today announced that Mr. Meriaux will step down from his position due to personal reasons effective from December 15, 2017.

Mr. Meriaux said “I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge leading VA through a period of massive change. The journey has been amazing and I will keep very fond memories of the experiences we shared and the incredible people that make up such a passionate community."

“From establishing a domestically and globally recognisable brand, “The helloworld travel Volleyroos”, to reforming the way VA invests collectively in growing participation, every aspect was challenging yet rewarding.”

“It was particularly exciting to host many international events and give our athletes the opportunity to play in front of family and friends.”

“Bigger and better things are ahead for Volleyball in Australia and I will be cheering them on as the helloworld travel Volleyroos number one fan.”

“Volleyball is the total package and I have been privileged to lead this organisation.”

“The staff at Volleyball Australia put the sport before themselves. I’m very thankful to them, the athletes, the volunteers and all the people that have contributed to our story."

"I would like to thank the VA Board and specifically the President, Craig Carracher for setting a vision for Volleyball in Australia that drives excellence at every level. Craig has always supported me and has enabled me to grow and love the sport the way I do.”

“My last event as Volleyball Australia’s CEO will be the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup where 6000 players will display the wonderful qualities that make our sport great.”

In acknowledging Mr. Meriaux’s contribution, VA President, Craig Carracher said, "Volleyball is greatly indebted to Mathieu and his extraordinary dedication and passion to the sport of Volleyball over the past 4 and half years."

"Working in sport demands much from individuals and throughout Mat’s tenure he has risen to the challenges with considerable intelligence, contagious enthusiasm and creativity."

"On behalf of the VA Board I would like to wish him continued success and best wishes.”

The VA will shortly undertake a public search process for the Volleyball Australia CEO role and expressions of interest are encouraged by email at info@avf.org.au.