Gladstone State High School student Rhiannon Tooker impresses during the Volleyball School
Gladstone State High School student Rhiannon Tooker impresses during the Volleyball School

Shooting stars

SOME potential stars of the future were on show when the Gladstone State High School conducted the 2005 Volleyball School of Excellence selection trials on Saturday.

The trials were open to all girls from years 7-11 this year and who are enrolled at Gladstone State High for 2005.

Triallists were put through a series of physical and skills tests over the two hour session, with members of this year's squad having to re-trial for their 2005 spots.

Gladstone State High is one of the top volleyball schools in the country and head coach Brian van der Weide was happy with the talent on show.

"Even though numbers were down a little bit, the trials went pretty well and the selector Terry Rudder was pleased with the level of talent,'' van der Weide said.

It has been a busy time for van der Weide having just returned from a hectic trip to the United States.

While in the US, the head coach was able to catch up with 12 former students who are currently in the college volleyball system and establish better networks.

"It was great to go over and visit some of my old students to see where they are and how they are going.

"The colleges I visited were very happy with our program because it is as much based on academic ability as sporting ability.

"It was good from that perspective to get a clear understanding of how their system works, while also getting to know the people involved.

"In the past I have sent students over and had no real contact rather than on email or phone, so to meet them in person makes it easier to understand how the system works over there,'' van der Weide said.

Brian also mentioned that the program needs some help with host families for 2005 with some students coming to Gladstone from regional areas.

If anyone can or would like to help, could they please phone him on 4976 6118 (work hours).



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