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TGS Volleyballer Gains AIS Selection

Toowoomba Grammar School’s volleyball sensation, Ben Hood has been selected to be a part of the Australian Volleyball Academy at the Australian Institute of Sport.

The 16-year-old is one of only twenty players (boys and girls) across the country to be chosen for the AVA program.

He will train once or twice a day and complete his Year 12 studies at Lake Ginninderra College.

The program can run from six months to three years, depending on when Ben’s selected for the next pathway which would be the Australian Volleyroos (national team), College in America/Canada or a contract in Europe playing professionally.

While growing in popularity in Australia, Volleyball is one of the fifth most played sports in the world and one of the biggest sports in Europe where some of the world’s best earn upward of $750k-$1 million Euro. The average earnings are around $300– 500K. This is per season, and not inclusive of any sponsorship or endorsement.

Toowoomba Grammar School will be sad to farewell Ben at the end of this term but will be excited to watch his progress when he commences with the AIS in three weeks.

Ben’s achievements to date include:

Toowoomba Grammar First VI 2019, 2020, 2021 (captain).

Darling Downs representative 2018, 2019(bronze), 2020.

Queensland schools representative 2019 (Gold).

Australian Schools Sport All Australian Team 2019. 

Queensland Volleyball representative AJVC, 2018 (Gold medal), 2019 (Silver medal).

Queensland Volleyball representative AJBBC, 2019 (bronze medal), 2020 (bronze medal), and 2021 (still to play)

Australian Junior Development Program 2019, 2020, 2021.

Japanese Youth Team Australian Tour & JDP Camp 2020 (Team captain).

Australian Volleyball Academy 2021