Cassandra Dodd to join the Australian Volleyball Academy in 2021


The Australian Volleyball Academy (AVA) is excited to announce that West Australian athlete Cassandra Dodd will be joining its 2021 athlete cohort in Canberra.

Cassie began playing volleyball in year 7 for her school team, Penrhos College. Penrhos College is renowned for its highly praised volleyball program and is responsible for has developing several of the AVA’s 2021 cohort.

Since beginning the sport in 2016, the young athlete has represented her state in beach and indoor volleyball events all over Australia.

“I am so excited to join the AVA in 2021 and develop my skills further under the guidance of new and innovative coaches” said Cassie on her 2021 AVA signing.

“I can’t wait to see where it takes my volleyball with the hope of representing Australia!”

Women’s AVA Head Coach Martin Collins is looking forward to Cassie joining his 2021 squad, saying “Cassandra has made some good improvements of her short career thus far”.

“We are excited to have her sign on to be part of the AVA and she is already multi skilled with experience on both disciplines”.

Cassie heard about the AVA after attending an information session on the AVA in Perth, that was delivered by visiting coaches from Volleyball Australia. It sounded like a great opportunity to improve her already exciting volleyball career.

“From talking with Cassie and observing her play as well as her attendance at JDP Camps it is very clear her commitment and desire to succeed in Volleyball is at the level with require in this full-time training program.”, added Women’s AVA Head Coach Martin Collins.


Cassie’s biggest volleyball inspiration is Shelby Maher who is the current 2020 VWA indoor and beach volleyball player of the year.

“Shelby’s dedication and commitment to both indoor and beach along with mentoring younger players whilst maintaining a professional career as a physiotherapist makes her someone I look up to and aspire to be like”, said Cassie. Cassie is set to begin at the AVA in January 2021, where she will begin working toward her overall goal of representing Australia at both a junior and senior level, with the aim of competing at the 2032 Olympics. 

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