Volleyball is an Olympic sport played worldwide by 800 million people. Visit The Great Public Schools’ Association of Queensland (GPS) website, www.gpsqld.org.au
, for updates about the latest Volleyball results and fixtures.
GPS Premiers: 1998, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2020
The Churchie First VI is the current GPS Premier (shared with BGS and GT). This is the fourth year out of five where Churchie is the holder of the Peter Donaldson Memorial Trophy, following three consecutive undefeated years in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Churchie 2016 First VI
History and GPS Competition
In 1994, volleyball became a GPS sport and Churchie fielded teams in the U13, U15 and Open divisions. The first GPS Volleyball Premiership won by Churchie was in 1998.
In 2020, Churchie Volleyball included 210 players across 22 teams from Years 7 through to 12. Teams commence trials and pre-season games in Term 4 with the GPS Volleyball competition played through Term 1. Churchie is a formidable force with ten first-place-winning teams and a further 19 out of 22 teams placing in the top three.
Tyler Nix, Churchie Volleyball MVP 2016 and 2017
Churchie Volleyball is supported by a positive and generous community of dedicated parents forming the Volleyball Support Group (VSG). The VSG assist the School and volleyball programme through donations to school service activities, upgrading facilities and uniforms, coach payments and accreditations, coordinating End of Season Presentation evenings and GPS game day catering.
Tours and tournaments
Churchie Volleyball teams attend the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup and Queensland Senior Schools Cup competitions. In 2018, Churchie’s senior team placed fourth in Queensland and eighth in the Open Boys’ Honours Division at nationals. In 2019 and 2015, Churchie’s First VI was crowned National Champions in the Year 11 Division 1 competition. Both teams went on to become GPS Champions the following year.
Our programme also embarks on international tours, attending the 2014 and 2016 USA Boys’ Junior National Championships in the United States of America.
Churchie players are encouraged to participate in both club and representative Volleyball. The SJPSC has previously hosted the Volleyball Queensland (VQ) Metro League and Spiker Sports competitions and it is also a current training venue for Brisbane Volleyball Club.
Fourteen of our current students have been selected in VQ state training squads, four of whom have since accepted Queensland Academy of Sport Scholarships.
A number of past students have successfully paralleled their school volleyball with membership of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) elite training squads as pathways to junior state and national teams and further AIS Scholarships. Many Old Boys have continued their volleyball journey in the VQ Premier Volleyball League competition. There are four Old Boys in the Queensland Pirates Senior Men’s team who are the reigning National Champions from 2015 to 2019.
Churchie vs Gregory Terrace in the SJPSC, 2018