NSW Athletes Shine in the Green and Gold

Published Tue 18 Jun 2024

NSW Athletes Competing in Green and Gold: A Testament to Excellence



New South Wales athletes continue to shine on the international stage, representing Australia with distinction and achieving remarkable feats in the world of beach and indoor volleyball. Here’s a roundup of their recent accomplishments, showcasing their dedication and prowess in the green and gold.


Mariafe Artacho Del Solar Heads to Paris for Her Third Olympics

Mariafe Artacho Del Solar has secured her place in the upcoming Paris Olympics, her third consecutive Games. Mariafe and her partner Taliqua Clancy (QLD) have qualified through world ranking points, this was confirmed last week. They join the men's Australian beach pair of Zachery Schubert and Thomas Hodges who have qualified for their first Olympics. Mariafe's relentless determination and exceptional skills in beach volleyball have made her a prominent figure in the sport, and she is set to bring her experience and excellence to the global stage once again.

Izac Carracher Eyes Olympic Qualification with Australian Men’s Beach Squad

Izac Carracher is on the brink of securing an Olympic spot for Australia as he competes with the Australian Men's Beach squad in the Asian Continental Cup Finals later this week. The winner of this crucial tournament will earn an additional quota spot for Australia, and Carraher’s performance will be pivotal in this high-stakes competition. We wish Izac the best of luck! 


Stefie Fejes Wins Gold at Krakow Beach Futures Event

In a stunning display of teamwork and skill, Stefie Fejes, alongside her partner Georgia Johnson from Queensland, clinched their first gold medal as a pairing at the Beach Pro Tour Futures event in Kraków. After dominating the Australian Beach tour this past season with her partner Jana Milutinovic (SA), this victory marks a significant milestone in this new partnership, highlighting their potential for future success on the international beach volleyball circuit.


Mikaela Stevens Leads the Volleyroos to Historic Finish

Mikaela Stevens captained the Women’s Volleyroos to a historic 4th place finish at the AVC Challenge Cup in Manila at the end of May. This remarkable achievement underscores Stevens' leadership and the team's growing prowess in the sport, marking a significant milestone for the Australian Women’s Volleyball Team. The team is preparing for friendly tournaments in Japan, NZ and Vietnam for the remainder of their international season. We wish Mikaela and the Women Volleyroos the best of luck for the rest of their season! 


Sam Chen and Killian Donovan Propel U20 Team to Asian Championships

NSW Phoenix stars Sam Chen and Killian Donovan played key roles in helping the Australian U20 Men's Team qualify for the U20 Asian Championships. Their impressive performances in the three-game series against New Zealand were instrumental in securing Australia's spot in the prestigious tournament. The U20's men will be heading to Indonesia later in July to compete at the Asian Championship, best of luck boys! 


Nehemiah Mote Reaches 200 Games for Australia

NSW volleyball star Nehemiah Mote celebrated his 200th game for Australia during their recent tour to Pakistan and Bahrain. Mote’s significant milestone was accompanied by strong performances from fellow NSW players Arash Dosanjh and Ethan Garrett, who helped Australia finish 8th at the AVC Challenge Cup in Bahrain. NSW coach Alec Walker was also a member of the squad acting as the team statistician. 


Chelsea Cocks and Anni Tang Competing in Princess Cup & U18 Asian Championships

Chelsea Cocks and Anni Tang are currently representing Australia in the U18 team at the Princess Cup and Asian U18 Championships. The team had a strong pre-tournament in the Princess Cup, making it to the bronze medal match, where unfortunately the girls went down to a strong team from the Philippines. Chelsea Cocks' outstanding performance earned her the Best Middle Blocker award at the Princess Cup. This recognition is a testament to her skill and potential in the sport. Best of luck girls for the remainder of your Asian Championships campaign! 

Japhy Duldig playing in the Beach ParaVolley World Championships

Nick Coburn, Brad Barclay and Japhy Duldig finished fifth at the inaugural World ParaVolley Beach Volleyball World Championships in China.Taking on tough opposition, the Australians didn’t manage a victory in the pool match or quarter-final, but improved throughout the tournament and eventually took down Poland 2 in the fifth-place playoff. Congratulations Japhy on representing Australia in such a prestigious event! 

Phoenix Beach Stars Killian Donovan and Jett Rocker-Graham qualify for U19 Beach World Champs


Killian Donovan and Jett Rocker-Graham have won a spot for Australia at the U19 beach volleyball world championships by placing 4th at the u19 Asian Championships last month. 


The achievements of these NSW athletes not only highlight their talents but also reflect the strength of the state’s sporting programs and community support. As they continue to compete in the green and gold, their dedication and success inspire pride and admiration, reinforcing NSW's reputation as a breeding ground for world-class athletes.