In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent social distancing measures, the Australian Volleyball Academy made the decision to move to a remote-based development program with its cohort of indoor, beach and integrated volleyball athletes.
The new remote program involves daily training programs for the athletes, including interaction with senior coaches, and support staff.
The AVA Remote program was launched on Monday 30th March, beginning with an athlete wellbeing seminar run by Volleyball Australia’s Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement Manager, Gearoid Towey. “AVA Remote is a great response to the sudden disruption to the athletes centralised program”, said Towey. “I’m happy to be able to contribute some valid content for the athletes”.
The AVA Remote program is designed to motivate the athletes to continue their training despite the disruption to daily life.Head Coach Margo Wiltens summed up the current situation by saying, “In almost every performance environment athletes, professionals and experts are confronted with uncertainty due to ranking, qualification requirements”, adding, “Being flexible, resilient and adaptive is one of the greatest factors to distinguish yourself as a professional”.
AVA athletes, whilst unsure about what a COVID-19 future in sport looks like right now, are excited about the continuing delivery of the AVA program, with AVA athlete Korben Phillips saying, “The AVA to me is a foot in the door of the international volleyball scene. The amazing and experienced coaching and staff are here to guide us - the athletes through a myriad of challenges and opportunities to progress our skills and talent”.
Tara Phillips, who is from the AVA integrated program also shared her thoughts on the new structure, saying “It’s very exciting to be able to continue developing our skills while we’re isolated in home states with the AVA program being remote, and to demonstrate some of our values of being persistent and dedicated in challenging situations”.
The AVA remote program will be operating until further notice. AVA athletes will continue to be supported during this period of lockdown.
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 more information about the AVA, please visit the website: http://www.volleyballaustralia.org.au/page/what-is-ava