Volleyball is an Olympic sport played world-wide 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 and 2018
The Churchie First VI were GPS Premiers and holders of the Peter Donaldson Memorial Trophy for three undefeated years (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 was won by Churchie in 1998.
In 2019, Churchie Volleyball included 231 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. In 2019, Churchie is a formidable force with eight first-place-winning teams and a further 18 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 2015, Churchie’s First VI were crowned National Champions in the Year 11 Division 1 competition. The same team went on to become the 2016 GPS Champions.
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 hosts the Volleyball Queensland (VQ) Spiker Sports competition and it is also a 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. A large cohort of 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 2017 National Champions.
Churchie vs Gregory Terrace in the SJPSC, 2018