Zac Hermans started playing volleyball 3 years ago, when his year 7 PE teacher at St Josephâ€™s College suggested he should have a go. With his height and athleticism, these attributes have already provided him with much success in the sport of volleyball.
In year 7, in his first year playing volleyball Zac represented St Josephâ€™s College at the National Schools Cup. The following year he was in the Sunraysia Volleyball U15 Academy and played in the Albury tournament. Zac has been in the Sunraysia Academy of Sport volleyball program for the last 2 years. In that time he has also attended the Australian camp held in December each year.
Last year Zac made his first state Victorian volleyball team, playing in the U17 Victorian West side at the National Championships held in Melbourne.
This year Zac has been selected in the Victorian U17 Blue side which is made up of the top ten U17 male volleyballers in the state. His training schedule only gets busier from now until he competes at the National Volleyball Championships to be held in Canberra in July. He is working hard at home with a strength and conditioning program and travels to Melbourne every weekend to train with other members of the state team.
To top things off Zac has just found out he is one of 22 people to be selected in the Australian U17 volleyball squad. A team of 12 players will be selected in June to compete against New Zealand at the Australian Institute of Sport from the 15-19th July.Â Zac has an opportunity this weekend to further impress selectors when the National coach attends the state training session in Melbourne. Selectors will also be attending the Ballarat volleyball tournament on the 20/21 April where Zac will play for the U17 Victorian Blue team in a practice tournament leading up to the Nationals in July.
With a chance to represent Australia on the line, Zac will be doing everything he can to ensure he is physically and mentally ready when the team of 12 is selected.
All the best Zac in your preparation over the next few months.