Want to take the next step in your Volleyball career?

The IAS Volleyball Program is designed to support the developmental needs of the regions young talented Volleyball players by providing industry leading high-performance sport development programs. Scholarships are offered for a 12-month period commencing in June. However, there is a heavier focus on the Indoor Volleyball component of the program from June. IAS, Volleyball NSW, and the RASi network aim to deliver high quality training for all athletes and coaches identified by VNSW. The program is aimed at increasing the skill and education level of athletes and coaches which will enhance opportunities for progression along the VNSW performance pathway (i.e. selection into VNSW State Teams and National Teams).

Register your interest for 2022/23

The program will provide coaching, training and competition to improve athlete development with a view to:

  • Develop the fundamental skill level of athletes which will enhance their opportunities for selection into NSW State Teams
  • Prepare athletes to a level where their transition to any NSW State Team is ‘seamless’ in terms of programs or pathways
  • Increase the level of success of those athletes at competition and events in competition nationwide
  • Provide an introduction and progression into sport specific strength and conditioning
  • Provide education around athletic development as well as personal development in topics such as Nutrition, Sport Psychology, Media Skills / Public Speaking, Youth Leadership, Drugs in Sport
  • The program will conduct weekly skills based and strength and conditioning training to which attendance is expected

2021 Staff

Faruk Kaymak – U/16 Women’s

Jake Lewkowicz – U/18 Men’s

Nicholas Thorpe – U/16 Men’s

Sean Thorpe – U/18 – Women’s

2021 Squad

Abbey Towers

Adax Brienen

Aimee Lamb

Alexander Canvin

Alexandria Smith

Angelique Salvador

Bella Webb

Bowie Johnson

Caleb Barnes

Cecilia Schindler

Chloe Wiggins

Darcy Kneeshaw

Fersan Mirrar

Fynn McMullen

Harrison Oliver

Holly Nowland

Jake Noble

Jordan Thomas

Kaia Brienen

Lachlan Weakley

Lara Limbrick

Logan Cable

Lucas Woof

Mackenzie Charlton

Madhu Mahen

Mali Towers

Manny Kneeshaw

Mason Schindler

Matthew Bunder

Max Miller-Tamsitt

Mireille Smith

Nicodemus Crichton

Patrick Then

Rachael Heron

Rubin Galagher

Shanae Alvey

Sienna Sepulveda

Taylah Roth

Thomas Smith

Wiktoria Guzowska

Scholarship Components

Skill Development


Strength & Conditioning

Media Skills

Education Sessions


2021 Scholarship

Athlete Eligibility

To be eligible for an IAS Volleyball Scholarship, athletes must:

  • Reside within the Illawarra Region, Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven and Wingecarribee and
  • Be a registered member with Volleyball NSW
  • Born between years 2003-2009

Athletes identifying as Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander are eligible to participate in the MCR Indigenous Sports Program (ISP). The ISP provides an opportunity for the IAS to provide mentorship and a dedicated level of focus upon the outcomes and support for Indigenous athletes.

Indigenous Sports Program


2021 Volleyball

Selection Criteria

Satisfy the eligibility criteria and demonstrate the following qualities;

  • Physical abilities and physical skills considered to be essential for eventual success in Volleyball
  • Display an ability to apply coaching & technical instruction
  • Display attitude, commitment and dedication to improving performance
  • Demonstrate potential to be selected for NSW state teams
  • The ability or potential to work as part of a team to achieve excellence

NB: Subjectivity is an unavoidable element of selection to the IAS Volleyball Squad.


2021 Scholarship

Trial Details

Saturday 29 May 2021

(Born 2006-2009)

(Born 2003-2005)

Illawarra Hockey Centre, Unanderra


2021 Scholarship


Volleyball NSW will impose a fee of $400 per athlete for the 6 month period of the skills development. All selected athletes will however remain a scholarship holder of the IAS for the full 12 months of the scholarship (June 2021 – May 2022) with full access to S&C, presentations, education sessions and support.

As with all other IAS programs, the IAS will not impose a fee to become a scholarship holder. All selected athletes will be required to purchase the IAS Volleyball squad uniform.