Golden Sands in Coolangatta for Victoria

Published Fri 22 Mar 2024

Victorian teams have won three Gold and one Silver medals at the recently-completed Australian Youth Beach Volleyball Championships (AYBVC) in Coolangatta, Queensland.

The Championships were held from 18-21 March, 2024, with Victoria sending 89 athletes across 38 teams, with 22 coaches, two referees, and one referee delegate joined by several staff and volunteers as part of the official representative contingent.

Victoria finished the championships in 2nd place overall (the President's Shield) with 11 points.

The following teams won medals representing Victoria:

  • Gold - U16 Girls: Ella McDonell and Ruby Longmuir
  • Gold - U14 Boys: James Burgess, Sebastian Gelt, Eamon Gibbs, Josh Goodman, and Jesse Wong
  • Gold - U14 Girls: Katelyn Britten, Greer Famous, Ellie Mellings, Indigo Patterson, and Gemma Yong
  • Silver - U15 Girls: Mayra Pacioni, Izabella Cheng, and Adele Curtis

You can see a full list of results on the Volleyball Australia website.

Volleyball Victoria would like to thank the following businesses and people who all contributed to the success of the Volleyball Victoria Beach State Team Program:

  • Tamsin Hinchley and Greg Jury, as leaders of our wider volunteer coaching cohort.  Two incredible coaches and persons, we cannot thank you both enough for all that you have done.
  • Mick Stevens, who has worked tirelessly to build the program to the level it is now at - thank you Mick
  • Kelly Ardler and her team at Helloworld Travel - Helensvale Plaza for leading the travel logistics for over 115 Victorians - not an easy feat!
  • Greenmount Surf Club, special thanks to Hinnie and Marty for accommodating us each morning for breakfast
  • Alana Hassell from Showgrounds Village Physiotherapy - your support is incredibly appreciate by all and we're so lucky to have you
  • Catherine Birch and Connor O'Neill from Volleyball Queensland for partnering with us this year and going above and beyond for our Victorian athletes and coaches - we cannot thank you both enough
  • Twin Towns Mantra for welcoming us back for dinner for the 5th year in a row, just incredible to feed all of us in the space of minutes each and every night. 
  • Greenmount Beach House for your hospitality for our stay at Coolangatta
  • Lindsay, Chris, Teresa, Max, Nam, Verity and the wider Volleyball Australia team who continue to put on incredible efforts - we see the efforts behind the scenes and are thankful for the opportunities that you provide for volleyball to prosper
  • Catriona Tweedie, Olivia Szalay and Karl Hadyuk for representing Victorian Referees and all you do to help guide our athletes at AYBVC.
  • Lastly, we'd like to thank all of our athletes, families, coaches, friends and opponents who all contribute to the magnificent tournament that is AYBVC and our wider Beach State Team Program - thank you