Girls target scholarships
SEVENTEEN girls from Gladstone State High Volleyball School of Excellence will embark on a three week sporting tour of a lifetime to the USA starting next Tuesday to test their skills against international competition.
Gladstone High will field two teams in the varsity and junior varsity divisions and will play some 42 games against elite US school sides, including a number of tournaments across Hawaii, Oregon and Los Angeles.
Several of the girls including: senior side captain Rebecca Redgen, under-15 Australian representative Katelin Morrison, Sam Prider and Sam Lea are going for college scholarships.
Coach Brian Van Der Weide said that one of the main thrusts of the trip is to expose the girls to scholarship opportunities.
“We have 23 girls who have played American volleyball and are going for scholarships; Redgen is signing in November to play in Florida,” he said.
“That’s a major focus of our trip to go to Universities and look at games and going in their programs in Oregon and LA and a lot of coaches I’ve been in contact with are coming to our games to look at our girls.”
A game of note will be against Portland’s Gladstone High, who Gladstone State High will play in both juniors and seniors.
“That will be highlight to play Gladstone vs. Gladstone,” Van Der Weide said.
The major competition the side will partake in is the prestigious Dave Mohs Memorial tournament in California.
Van Der Weide also thanked local sponsors Gladstone Cinemas, Gladstone Hyundai, Everything Uniform, Boyne Smelter, and QR National Coal.