Aussie teen team was popular in US volleyball tournament
VOLLEYBALL: Gladstone teenager Chelsea Fanning has recently returned from a US trip of a lifetime.
Multi-talented Chelsea was part of a youth Australian team which played against high schools and colleges in the USA High Performance Volleyball Championships Development Tour.
"It was a real eye opener to see the Americans and Canadians in action and seeing how good they are," she said.
"It was good to be playing against quality opposition."
There was not much rest for the team.
"We played eight games over a week and we played in the Women's International Junior Division," Chelsea said.
"We played against international teams like USA, Canada, IREVA Women Juniors from Canada.
"We also played against regional teams from the USA such as Florida, Manitoba, GEVA Girls Junior from New York and NCVA Junior Red team."
Although the Aussie team did not win any matches, Chelsea said they were still winners.
"We were one of the favourite teams because of our sportsmanship," she said.
"Even though we lost all our games, we were constantly told by other teams that we showed great sportsmanship by showing our appreciation when there was a great hit by the opposition.
"Everybody over there loved our Australian accent and our uniforms.
"At the end of the tournament it is tradition to trade uniforms with other teams and our Aussie uniforms were in hot demand."
Chelsea said she has picked up some handy tips from the tournament.
"My game has improved in the speed and tempo in which I play," she said.
"Australia tends to play a slower game when compared to the Americans."