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ATC Sport | Meet our Coaches Part 1 – Volleyball

2022 is fast approaching and that means preparations are well underway for our Term 1 sport programs. Here at ATC, we are incredibly lucky to host an amazing group of coaches all coming from diverse backgrounds. What we can say for sure is that the calibre, expertise, and experience of our coaches is phenomenal.

Without their support and guidance, we would not have had the spirit, community, and culture that the 2021 sporting season embodied. Moving forward we want to put a spotlight on our ATC coaches and celebrate their involvement here at ATC. Welcome to the Meet our Coaches blog which is a new series we will be rolling out, introducing members of our Term 1 coaching team for the next four weeks. Part 1 of the Meet our Coaches series introduces two members of our Volleyball coaching team.

Mr Tim Walker

Tim Walker is our Volleyball Coordinator and has been coaching in schools for over 20 years, coaching regional teams at State Championships and QLD teams at Australian Championships. As a player, he enjoyed a lengthy career playing club volleyball for the Dragons in the Premier League and played many years for the QLD Pirates Senior Men’s Team.

Tim Walker playing for the Queensland Dragons

Mr Walker is looking forward to the leadership of our Senior School athletes who have shown great commitment to the sport. Many of these boys not only play for ATC, but also participate in club and representative teams (Met West and Queensland).

They also hold referee and coaching qualifications and are an integral part of the success of the program. Mr Walker said that he “look[s] forward to them supporting our younger boys, but also our younger boys supporting them on Saturdays. Firsts Volleyball creates a truly remarkable atmosphere on Saturdays”.

Tim Walker coaching ATC players.

Mr Joshua Slack

Joshua Slack is a new member to our volleyball coaching team, and Mr Walker is excited to see how the boys improve their game under his guidance in 2022. Mr Slack is a very experienced volleyball coach and player. Mr Slack first got involved with volleyball in 1995, to keep fit for soccer as a change from the usual cricket.

Josh Slack in full flight.

He did not return to either sport for over 20 years, declaring that this is what volleyball can do to you once it has your grip on you. Mr Slack then went on to represent Queensland numerous times, and Australia at the Oceania Championships in volleyball before progressing to Beach Volleyball.

Mr Slack represented Australia in Beach Volleyball at the Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, as well as many tournaments with the Beach Volleyball World Championships. Mr Slack has also assisted with coaching, performance analysis, and game plans for the more recent Olympic games in 2016 and 2021.

Josh Slack coaching ATC players

Mr Slack is looking forward to all the boys growing as young men and as players through the sport of Volleyball, which he says is a great team sport and a great avenue for life lessons. He is also excited by the opportunity for the ATC boys to compete in the AIC community.

Volleyball at ATC boasts large numbers of participants across all year levels and caters for students of all abilities from beginner to recreational to competitive to elite. The Volleyball program is vast, running from Term 4, leading into Term 1 of the next year. Training of our competitive and elite students for the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup in December occurs in Term 4. This competition proves to be extremely valuable in preparing our A teams for the Term 1 season. Towards the end of Term 4, students begin trialling for the A and B teams who play Saturday morning fixtures in Term 1. Students who are unsuccessful in making these teams develop their skills and knowledge of the game through our Colours Cup in Term 1.

A big thank you to Mr Walker and Mr Slack, and all ATC Volleyball staff, for their commitment and enthusiasm towards the 2022 Volleyball season.

Sport Department Administration