RIVERTON volleyball player Victoria Wells is no stranger to competition and winning.
The 15-year-old Rossmoyne Senior High School student is travelling to Melbourne to compete in the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup, which is celebrating its 30th year.
The Year 10 student will be one of more than 3500 students from Australia and New Zealand vying for gold at the tournament from December 7-12.
She is captaining the under 16s honours team, on of more than 370 teams that will participate in 28 divisions across five age groups.
Victoria said that last year her team came fourth, so this year she was hoping to climb up the leader board.
‘I was pretty happy being named captain,’ she said.
‘My team, we get along really well and all support each other so it’s great to be the captain of a team that is really supportive.
‘We’ve had the same team for two years and last year we came fourth, so this year we’re really hoping to medal.’
Wells said the South Australian and Queensland teams were the ones to watch out for, but she was confident Rossmoyne had a good chance of coming home with a few medals.
‘We’re thinking it will be similar teams to last year so we know what we are in for so the competition will be really strong,’ she said.
Making it into Rossmoyne’s prestigious volleyball program in Year 8, the pass-hitter trains about six days a week leading up to competition.
‘I like the fitness aspect of it and you always meet a lot of great people and when you go further with it you go out and meet a lot of people from other states and that’s one of the best parts of it,’ Victoria said.
In April this year, Victoria travelled to Thailand in the Australian youth volleyball team – something she considers her greatest achievement to date.
She also won a high school beach volleyball competition a few weeks ago and her team won the volleyball state schools cup.
Victoria will also stay in Melbourne after the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup for an Australian junior youth training selection camp.
After high school, Wells hopes to travel to America to play college volleyball while studying exercise physiology.