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Team manager Stephen BENSON
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  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
2 Jarryd Christensen Christensen 22.08.1988 198 88 345 328 Middelfart VK
3   Nathan Roberts Roberts 17.02.1986 199 90 342 328 Pallavolo Lugano
C 4 Benjamin Hardy Hardy 21.09.1974 198 94 335 320 Jastrzebski Wegiel
5   Luke Campbell Campbell 08.11.1979 202 98 346 335 OK Budvanska Rivijera
6 Igor Yudin Yudin 17.06.1987 200 85 362 352 Yaroslavich Yaroslavl
7   Matthew Young YOUNG 17.07.1981 188 82 335 323 Tierp
8 Andrew Grant GRANT 22.04.1985 206 93 345 328 Australian Institute of Sport
9   Andrew Earl Earl 15.09.1982 196 85 336 322 Volleyball.CZ CZU Praha
L 11 Phillip DeSalvo DeSalvo 11.03.1985 182 78 326 308 Volleyball.CZ CZU Praha
13   David Ferguson Ferguson 13.03.1982 205 90 348 328 Arago de Sete Volley Ball
17 Paul Carroll Carroll 16.05.1986 207 98 354 340 SCC Berlin
18   Brett Alderman ALDERMAN 27.02.1979 191 90 343 328 Australian Institute of Sport
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team Profile   Coach Profile

The Australian Volleyball Federation was founded in 1963, and the sport of volleyball has rapidly increased in popularity since then, particularly in schools and recreational centers.  Volleyball Team Australia Men (VTAM) has been supported by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) since 1990 and has been based in Canberra at the main AIS campus since 1997.  The Australian Institute of Sport based program operates year round, with increasing numbers of players competing in European professional leagues.

 

The team entered the new century with an appearance in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, where they placed 8th, beating Spain in the process and taking a set from World Champions, Italy.

 

Having participated in the Sydney Olympics as the host nation, VTAM set out to qualify for Athens, in its own right (for the first time).  At the World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Tokyo, Australia achieved this historic goal becoming the Asian Volleyball Confederationís representative in Athens as the highest ranked Asian team, when it defeated traditional Asian powers Japan, Korea and China for the first time in a single International tournament.

 

At the Athens Olympics, in 2004, VTAM eventually finished 11th while taking set off the USA and World and Olympic Champions Brazil

 

A new look VTAM competed in its 4th World Championships in 2006, to follow up its appearance in the 1982, 1998, 2002 editions of the tournament.

 

In 2007, VTAM returned to Fukuoka (a host city of the 2006 World Championships) to win the Asia Pacific Cup for the first time. 

 

Following on from their success at the Asia Pacific Cup, VTAM traveled to India for the 2nd Commonwealth Championships for Men and won their second successive tournament in the space of two months as preparation for the 14th Asian Senior Menís Volleyball Championship in Indonesia.

 

At the 14th Asian Senior Menís Volleyball Championship VTAM created Asian volleyball history by winning the championship after playing ten games in ten days with only one loss.  This was the first time in which a country other than China, Japan or Korea had won the Continental Championship and as such qualified Australia to its first Volleyball World Cup.

  Russell Borgeaud played 136 times for the Australian Men's National Team before retiring as a player.

Borgeaud was then appointed as Head Coach of the Queensland Academy of Sport where he recruited and developed a number of new athletes for the Junior National Teams.

In 2001, Borgeaud was approached to assist Jon Uriarte who had been appointed Head Coach of the Men's National Team.  As Assistant Coach, he was involved with the 2002 World Championship and the Olympic Qualification Tournament in Tokyo that saw the Australian Team qualify for the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

Since Borgeaud's appointment as Head Coach in 2005, the Australian Men's Team qualified for the World Championship for the third successive time, won its first Asian Championship and enters its first World Cup tournament.