OUR HISTORY

The association’s history dates back to the late 1960s when volleyball was played on a concrete floor in a school hall in the city centre.

Formed in 1967 under the banner of Warrnambool Amateur Volleyball Association. The sport quickly grew in popularity and it wasn’t long until a new venue was needed to house the sport. A disused water tank south of the Merri River became a popular playground for basketballers and in the early 1970s, Warrnambool City Council built a tin shed over two basketball courts and two volleyball courts. The stadium, which became known as the YMCA Indoor Sports Stadium, was home to the Warrnambool YMCA Volleyball Association.

The courts, regarded as being the most sprung in the country, hosted some titanic clashes including several international games involving the Australian men’s team.

As the association grew into its new home, the sport boomed. Junior and senior competitions were held every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights with several clubs fielding teams in an array of competitions. With more than 300 members, the sport had never been so popular.

The popularity fuelled intense competition for places in representative squads, with Warrnambool forging a reputation as a fiercely competitive force at state and country levels.

Warrnambool’s men’s team won the 1982 Country Championships. It also won the prestigious Lightning Spike in 1983.

Unfortunately the ageing stadium, which needed a massive redevelopment, was closed to ball sports in 2002 and a multi-million dollar facility built in the city’s west. After the association moved to the new venue, it changed its name to Warrnambool Volleyball Association. Warrnambool Stadium is now home to the association’s weekly senior and junior competitions as well as the Seaside Tournament, one of the country’s most popular events.

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Committee members

President

Rachelle Casley

Vice President

Nic Kaiser

Treasurer

Tanya Hughes

Secretary

Cloe Hilliam

Committee Member

Craig Gibbs

Committee Member

Emily Thomas

Committee Member

Cheryl Hilliam

Committee Member

Sonia Ahearn

Committee Member

Tom Stansfield

Honour Board

NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVES

PETER LOWE
WAYNE OSBOURNE
CRAIG GIBBS
TANIA DALTON
ANN FARY
JENNY THWAITES
ALAN LOWE – MANAGER
GABBY LOUGHEED
NIC KAISER

VICTORIAN STATE COACHES

ANDREW VAN BAAREN
MICHAEL BEKS
STEPHEN PURCELL
BRUCE KEELEY
CRAIG GIBBS

VICTORIAN REPRESENTATIVES

PETER LOWE
WAYNE OSBOURNE
ANN FARY
LEO FARLEY
MARK KIRCHNER
TANIA DALTON
MICHAEL BEKS
JENNY THWAITES
STEPHEN PURCELL
RODNEY BROOKS
CRAIG GIBBS
ALAN MEATHES
CHRIS WALTER
STEPHEN YOUNG
DAVID CAPUANO
ASHLEY GIBBS
ANTHONY LYNCH
TANYA FOX

BRETT LYNCH
MARTIN MACMILLAN
JULIE MAIN
DEAN FARY
BEN HUNT
GREG BEST
WAYNE HAND
REBECCA HOCKLEY
GERARD MELIS
DAIMON JENKINS
LUKE HOY
MANDY REDDICK
JASON HOY
DEBBIE NANKERVIS
CAITLYN WEYMOUTH
SAM STURGESS
FIONA HAMPSON
LAURYN KEELEY

EAMONN LEDDIN
CHERYL HICKS
MEAGAN OAKLEY
CHEREE MCKEAN
JENNY WALTERS
GABBY LOUGHEED
THOMAS BEKS
JAMES ROSS
SHARON HICKS
LISA FARRAR
SARAH AMOS
JODIE DALTON
PAULINE WALTON
TANYA OAKLEY
MERISSA COLLINS
SANDRA HAND
EMMA HANNAGAN
BRANDON GIBBS

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