A three-day training camp in Mildura this week under the guidance of Olympian Luke Campbell, will set up a big year for volleyball Horsham Academy members.
Campbell represented Australia at the Sydney and Athens Olympics playing over 100 games for his country. He is now the head coach of the Greater Melbourne Volleyball Academy, which has prepared a number of Victorian volleyball players with scholarships to American and Canadian universities.
Volleyball Horsham Academy members will receive quality coaching over the next three days, which will set them up for the year ahead.
“Our elite group of athletes including the likes of Tamikah Dockrill, Cleo Baker, Laelah Robertson, Lloyd Baker and Pascall Patterson will derive great benefit from this camp as they look to build on their achievements from last year,” said Volleyball Horsham Academy coach Tim Popple.
“They will also train with the Sunraysia Academy athletes which allows for a quality environment to train in.”
Campbell has a great strike rate at getting his GMVA athletes overseas university opportunities which the likes of Cleo and Laelah have their sights set on.
“The opportunity for Cleo and Laelah to spend time with Luke off court and get his insights into what is needed for them to do everything in their powers to fulfil their dreams can’t be underestimated,” said Volleyball Horsham Academy head coach David Berry.
“Both girls are doing a lot of things right so far in their volleyball careers, but they still have a tremendous amount of improvement left in them, and that is why the next three days with a coach of such esteem like Luke will be so rewarding for them.”
It’s not only the elite group of athletes that will benefit by attending the camp, the next group of up and coming players will also.
“We have an exciting group of young players coming through who will experience what is needed for them to take the next step,” said Berry.
“I’m keen to see how players like Ned Pilmore, Joey Nagorcka and Jade Saligari respond after the camp, as there are opportunities in front of them they could take should they wish to take them.”
“It all points to a big three days but three days in their volleyball careers that could be a turning point for them.”
It all points to a big three days but three days in their volleyball careers that could be a turning point for them.
Volleyball Horsham has a great relationship with Sunraysia Volleyball and all involved in the camp will have a great time on and off the court.
“Our athletes will make many new friends as well which is just as important as what they learn on the court.”
The camp starts Tuesday with four sessions per day for the first two days and one on Thursday.