HV Committee appoints a new Programs Coordinator

Hunter Volleyball is pleased to announce that Michelle Slack-Smith has been appointed to the role of Programs Coordinator, the first part-time staff position in our association.  The appointment of a coordinator was identified by the Committee in 2021 as a priority to achieve our strategic goals for the growth of volleyball in the Hunter region.

Michelle’s roles with Hunter Volleyball have been many and varied over the past three years and she will now formally coordinate and deliver competitions, participation programs, and events at our Participation Hubs in Newcastle (Broadmeadow and Newcastle Beaches) and Lake Macquarie (Gateshead).  She will provide assistance to Members, their friends and families who are getting involved with our sport throughout the region and help us to achieve our desired goals for raising the profile of the game and increasing opportunities to play.

Michelle has previously held roles with Volleyball Australia (National Events Manager) and Volleyball NSW (Executive Officer), as well as roles with other large sport organisations including Cricket NSW, Cricket Australia and Hockey NSW, and will be relied upon to provide our members with high level support into the future.

With this appointment to deliver the association’s programs and competitions, we will be bidding farewell to Mark Pichler who manages the Tuesday night competition at Broadmeadow.  We are excited to be continuing our work with Mark on projects moving forward including collating and digitising the region’s extensive volleyball history to ensure our past is celebrated while building our future. Mark’s final social competition night at the stadium is Tuesday 9th August. 

As we look ahead to 2023 and the expansion of volleyball programs into Maitland, we expect to build our team and hope to connect with Members and those in your networks who are also keen to take up casual or part-time roles with Hunter Volleyball in the future.  Our future is bright and building a career out of the sport is another way you can get involved, alongside playing, coaching, refereeing and spectating!

Michelle will commence in her role as Programs Coordinator on Monday 8th August and can be contacted by email (play@huntervolleyball.com.au).

Michelle will continue to lead the Committee as President until the AGM in 2023 and can be contacted by email (president@huntervolleyball.com.au).  Members of the community can also contact the Committee via Secretary Nienke de Vlieger (secretary@huntervolleyball.com.au).

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