Sunraysia Academy of Sport Volleyball Program athlete, Brooke Freckleton, has been selected in the Australian Junior Womenâ€™s Volleyball Development Squad.
The aspirations of young volleyball player, Brook Freckleton have come to fruition with her recent selection in the Australian Junior Womenâ€™s Development Squad to tour Thailand. The tour will be challenging and demanding but at the same time a fantastic opportunity for Brooke to develop Volleyball skills on and off the court to the standards required to compete at the international level.
Athletes were selected to this team by four (4) main criteria:
- Physical, Mental and Emotional attributes of a successful Senior International Volleyball athlete;
- International Performances for Australia during 2013;
- Athlete Performance at the AUS â€™96 Womenâ€™s November Domestic Good Neighbour Camp
- (Canberra, ACT) or the AUS â€™98 December Camp 2014 (Churchill, VIC);
- Athlete Performance during the 2013 AJVC.
The Australian Junior Womenâ€™s Development Squad will participate in a Thailand tour incorporating a training camp and a series of matches, at least three (3), in the Thailand Junior National Championships. In order to progress further in the tournament draw the Australian team will need to win matches. Australian coaching staff will also endeavour to arrange additional â€˜Friendlyâ€™ matches for the Australian teams with other Australian teams or Thailand teams where appropriate.
The Australian selection panel has targeted athletes for this tour who possess the physical, mental and emotional attributes to be successful for Australia now and into the future.
This tour will also play a significant role in the selection process for the 10th Asian Youth Girls Volleyball Championships (athletes born in 1998 or 1999).
Volleyball Australia management and coaching staff believe this tour is a fantastic opportunity for the Â Australian Squad to experience the Asian style of game, climate conditions and day to day demands of international Volleyball tours. As such we have continued with our targeted and committed approach to expose a group of talented athletes to high quality tour experiences.
The Thailand tour will be from April 23rd â€“ May 8th and includes a Training Camp and participation in the Junior National Volleyball Championships and Friendly matches in Bangkok (FIVB Development Centre â€“ Thailand)
The Thailand training camp will see the Australian team train, acclimatise and play matches against a number of strong opponents that will include Thailand Junior Provincial teams (U21). The training camp is absolutely critical in our preparation and development for the future, in particular for the Asian Junior / Youth Championship campaigns during 2014.
A strong level of athlete physical preparation before the tour is essential. With only 5 weeks to go Brooke must prepare herself to be at the peak of her game both mentally and physically due to; the challenging environment- hot and humid, the standard of competition will be high and the style of game at the tournament will be skilful and fast.
Brooke is the second volleyballer from Sunraysia to be chosen in the 2014 Australian Junior Volleyball Development Squad, with Zac Hermans being named in the Menâ€™s Squad last month. The outstanding success of volleyballer players in the Sunraysia region is a reflection of the quality of coaches in the region and the success of the Sunraysia Academy of Sport Volleyball program which has been running since 2005.
In addition to being selected in the Australian Junior Squad, Brooke has also been selected to compete in the U16 Victorian School Sport Volleyball team to compete at the Australian School Sport Championships from 23-29 August in Adelaide this year. This will be the second time that Brooke has been selected to be a member of this team.
On Sunday Brooke will attend the final selection trials for the U17 Victorian Blue team where she has been named in the final squad. If successful she will compete at the National Junior Volleyball Championships to be held in Canberra from 7-13 July.
To play for Victoria and Australia is a huge commitment by the athlete and their family with players expected to attend training every Sunday in Melbourne between now and August.
The Sunraysia Academy of Sport would like to congratulate Brooke and her coach, Paul Freckleton, on this wonderful achievement and wish her well on this journey.