Volleyball QLD celebrates 50 years

Earlier this month, Volleyball Queensland celebrated its milestone 50th year with a Golden Jubilee celebration at Hillstone St Lucia.

Volleyball in Queensland has experienced impressive growth over the past 50 years and has produced some incredible home-grown talent including Commonwealth and Olympic Games athletes Natalie Cook, Taliqua Clancy, and Thomas Edgar, as well as up-and-comers Mark Nicolaidis and Phoebe Bell.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary with a gala dinner, members of the Queensland volleyball community reminisced about past triumphs and celebrated its ongoing, and record-breaking, participation at all levels.

President of Volleyball Queensland, Boris Georgieff, commented on the anniversary saying:

“It’s been exciting to witness the passion for volleyball grow in Queensland and our Golden Jubilee celebration provided a great opportunity to reflect on our history and look forward to the promise of the future.

 “Queensland has a strong sporting legacy and the performance of our home-grown volleyball talent is no exception with Volleyball Queensland proudly boasting the championships for all national volleyball competitions.”

Volleyball Queensland is the home of beach and indoor volleyball in Queensland, comprising of over 7000 members and 25 commercial and affiliate clubs.

Award Recipients

Indoor Players of the Decades
1969-1979 Janelle Wasley Roy Bruynius
1980-1989 Anne-Marie Riordan Steve Lugge
1990-1999 Angela Clarke Scott Newcomb
2000-2009 Majella Brown Shane Van Beest
2010-2019 Rachel Rourke Tom Edgar
Beach Players of the Decades
1987-1999 Anita Palm Lee Zahner
2000-2009 Natalie Cook Josh Slack
2010-2019 Taliqua Clancy Isaac Kapa
Womens Indoor Team of the Half Century
Passer/Hitter Majella Brown Linda Dempsey Janelle Wasley
Setter Kerry Mitchell Denise Evans Sharon Browning
Middle Katarina Osadchuk Anne-Marie Riordan Adrienne White
Libero/Defender Liz Brett
Opposite/Universal Angela Clarke Rachel Rourke
Coach Amanda Fielding
Assistant Coach Vanessa Exintaris
Referee Chris Kelly
Mens Indoor Team of the Half Century
Passer/Hitter Roy Bruynius Russell Borgeaud Zane Christensen Wayne McNamara
Setter Bruce Bourner Scott Newcomb
Middle John Newcomb Travis Passier
Libero/Defender Darren Donaldson
Opposite/Universal Tom Edgar Steve Lugge Shane Van Beest
Coach Russell Borgeaud
Assistant Coach Randel Robertson
Referee John Byrnes
Womens Beach Team of the 33 Years
Athletes Natalie Cook Taliqua Clancy
Coach Lauren McLeod
Referee Linda Chang
Mens Beach Team of the 33 Years
Athletes Lee Zahner Josh Slack
Coach Craig Marshall
Referee Damien Searle
volleyball queensland @ 2024