Evan eyes national selection

BENDIGO teen Evan Shelton will travel to Adelaide next month with the hope of winning a spot in the under-17 Australian team. 

Shelton has only been involved with beach volleyball for the past six months.

He was invited to trial for the Australian team in April.

The selection camp is the final step before the national team is announced for the World Junior Beach Volleyball Championships which will be held in Mexico later this year.

It will be the first time a world beach volleyball championship event will be held for under-17 athletes.

The International Federation of Volleyball decided to host the championships in a bid to offer young stars the chance to experience the sport on the world stage.

Shelton said he was excited about having the opportunity to try-out for the Australian team.

“I was overwhelmed when I found out I was invited to Adelaide,” he said.

“I did not expect to be selected.

“I think it will be a great opportunity for me.”

Earlier this year, Shelton travelled to Adelaide to compete in the Australian Junior Beach Volleyball Championships.

The 15-year-old narrowly missed out on playing in the medal matches at the tournament.

Shelton, a member of the Bendigo Bank Academy of Sport, said a dream of his was to one day represent his country and don the green and gold.

Volleyball coach Todd Broadbent said he was proud of Shelton’s achievements.

“I think the selection was a bit out of the blue for Evan,” he said.

“He was a bit surprised to be asked to trial for the Australian team.

“We are all very proud.”

Broadbent said Shelton should be honoured to have the chance to be selected in the Australian team.

“He has a great opportunity in front of him,” he said.

“I think only 15 to 20 people have been asked to trial so he is in with a chance.”

Broadbent said even if he isn’t selected in the team, the experience will keep him in good stead for the future.

The Australian camp will run between April 12 and 15. 

The world championships will be held in Bahia de Banderas in Mexico between July 15 and 20.

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