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New appointments to drive expansion of volleyball in Western Australia
With volleyball growing in Western Australia, Volleyball WA has announced five appointments which will support the ongoing momentum for the sport’s expansion.
These new team members - Reachelle Beasley, Bradley Barclay, Sean Andrews, Paul Oldfield and Sascha Stone - have joined Volleyball WA since the beginning of the year to drive the growth of the game into schools, new areas, new locations and new formats in the coming months.
Reachelle Beasley joins Volleyball WA as Operations and Support Manager.
Bringing a strong background in management from her previous involvement in commercial and non-profit sectors, including her experience as Chief Executive at Taranaki Hockey in New Zealand. Arriving in Perth only recently, Beasley has lived outside of Australia for the past 10 years with her family.
With her role to focus on key strategic and operational areas of volleyball, Beasley is eager to engage with the volleyball community, commenting “the team at Volleyball WA should be commended for the work they’ve completed in the past year in managing the COVID environment.
“I am looking forward to meeting the volleyball community and gaining an understanding of their views as we develop our next strategic plan and drive progress on our areas of improvement.”
The appointment of Bradley Barclay as Regional Development Coordinator, is part of Volleyball WA’s major focus on regional development in 2021.
Barclay has an incredible story, representing the Australian Para Beach Volleyball squad in China in 2019 and having played beach volleyball for over 25 years.
Looking forward to the new challenge, he explains “competition with the Australian Para Beach Volleyball squad has been disrupted but I’m really looking forward to the new role, supporting our regional clubs and promoting all disciplines of volleyball for junior athletes.
“I met my wife playing volleyball over 20 years ago and my two sons aged 9 and 11 now want to follow in our footsteps.
“Having junior programs running in the Peel and South West regions will provide kids of all ages new opportunities to improve and progress.”
Barclay will bring his experience as coach, coordinator and volunteer of disability sports to this newly created position.
School and Junior Development
Bringing experience from the fields of business management and finance to Volleyball WA’s programs for younger participants, in his role as Schools and Junior Development Coordinator,
Sean Andrews’ focus will be on increasing the number of children playing volleyball through Kids Volley Spikezone Clinics and School Clinics.
Andrews explains that his appointment is a chance for him to give a little back to the sport that he’s thoroughly enjoyed since he was at school, stating “I am very grateful for the opportunity to work in an industry that I have loved for so long.
“I was introduced to volleyball by my Dad and started playing during high school in Queensland. Some of my fondest memories of school are playing in Schools Cup’s and representative sides during those years, and I’m looking forward to creating new opportunities for that kind of experience for others.”
Places to Play: An Initiative of Discover Volleyball
Paul Oldfield joins Volleyball WA as Places to Play Coordinator. This newly created role is an important part of Volleyball WA’s efforts to launch new formats which will get the wider community involved in volleyball.
Oldfield brings a lifelong, international career in sports development, which began in the UK, took him to Greece and Austria, before landing in Australia where he delivered the Community Tennis and Participation programs at Tennis West for nine years.
Keen to apply his skills in working with clubs and key stakeholders to Volleyball WA’s new program, he notes “I’m excited to contribute to the sport of volleyball by increasing the number of places for people to play throughout Western Australia along with growing the game through VWA ‘Discover Volleyball’ initiatives.”
Communication and Marketing
With so much planned for 2021,Sascha Stone has been appointed to the position of Communication and Marketing Coordinator to keep the community and stakeholders up to date.
With Stone’s appointment bringing renewed flair to Volleyball WA’s marketing, she advises “the role represents an exciting new challenge for me, an opportunity to apply my skills to sports marketing and provide a fresh perspective to the organisation. I’ll be focused on raising the profile of the sport, increasing our engagement and updating our public interface.”
Stone has a background in tourism and event marketing and has specialised in brand development and destination marketing. She has previously worked in Australia and overseas for the national tourism body, Tourism Australia.
In 2019 over 181,000 people played some version of volleyball in Western Australia while, last year, Volleyball WA conducted 166 competitive events despite the Coronavirus pandemic.
For more events and information, visit www.volleyballwa.com.au
Image: Volleyball WA’s new appointees (from left) Please meet Paul Oldfield, Sean Andrews, Sascha Stone, Reachelle Beasley and Bradley Barclay. Credit: Volleyball WA.
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