Chelsea excited for next volleyball challenge in USA
VOLLEYBALL: Chelsea Fanning had a pleasant interruption while doing homework this week.
The Gladstone State High School teenager was selected to represent Australia in the United States after she impressed in a couple of events last year.
"I got an email from the head coach this week telling me about it. I was studying for a Year 12 assessment when I found out," an excited Chelsea said.
"It came through playing volleyball with Gladstone Sharks at school and representing Queensland at the Australian Junior Volleyball Championships."
Chelsea was one of 80 athletes from across Australia who were invited to the Australian camp in Churchill Victoria.
From this camp, the junior Aussie team was selected to play in the USA High Performance Volleyball Championships Development Tour.
"The important thing is to train hard and attend trainings in Brisbane and Gladstone," Chelsea said of the requirements needed to make the grade.
The young Australian team will play against high schools and colleges in the USA later this year.
A talented softball player as well, Chelsea has been selected in the Capricornia side and hopes to juggle sports.
"I love both softball and volleyball," she said.
"I am hoping to attain a scholarship to the USA that will allow me to continue playing both softball and volleyball."
Most of Chelsea's weeks are busy with school, training and travelling.
"I train up to four times a week with school, Capricornia sport and representative duties for Queensland," she said.
"Some of this training involves travelling to Brisbane for weekend trainings."
Chelsea said there are a number of coaches who have helped her in her volleyball journey.
"Over the past few years, I've had some wonderful volleyball coaches. And Brian Van der Weide and Adrian Webb from school - they have been great," she said.
"When playing for the Queensland under-17 representative side, my coach Tim Wilson and Angel Scanlon have found a way to get the best out of me.
"Last year, when I made the Australian team, which travelled to Thailand, I really learnt a lot from Boris Georgieff and Rebecca Walter."
Chelsea sees her strengths as an outside hitter as well as to be vocal on the court.
"I also try to be positive and encouraging on the court as well," she said.
Chelsea and her Australian teammates will be in a five-day pre-tournament training camp ahead of the development tour, which goes from July 24-28.