Fil-Aussies in National Handball Championships

There were two Fil-Aussies involved in the highest level of competition in Australian handball held in Adelaide, South Australia during 4-7 October, 2012.   They were Jay Abiera who is in the Victoria Men’s Team and Violi Calvert, who is the Media & Public Relations Director of Handball Australia.

After a three-year break from handball due to studies, Jay has returned to the sport he loves. Jay who usually plays in the Centre Back position, played as Pivot during the national championships.  Towering at 1.92 metres [6’3”] and quick on his feet, he looked at home in this position too. Jay was glad to have played a part in Victoria winning the championship by one goal against defending champion New South Wales team; score being Victoria 16: New South Wales 15.

Aside from being selected to represent Victoria in the national championships, Jay has also been training with the Men’s Squad as part of Australia’s preparation for the men’s handball world championship to be held in Spain in January 2013.

Jay is hopeful to be selected as part of the team for the men’s world championship.  Another hopeful Fil-Aussie is Bevan Calvert who was the Team Captain and Top Goal Scorer in the Oceania Region World Championship Qualifier, and who is now in his fourth competition season in the German Bundesliga.

The other Fil-Aussie at the national handball championship was Violi Calvert who is also a member of the Board of Directors of Handball Australia, aside from looking after the media and public relations areas of the organisation.    Violi has covered six world championships and a number of other international handball tournaments. She is also looking forward to supporting the men’s team in Spain, providing information about Australia’s participation and liaising with the media attending the tournament and those back in Australia.

In the meantime, Violi is helping the men’s squad in a team sponsorship initiative.  Details about partnering the men’s squad can be accessed on www.handballaustralia.org.au .  For further enquiries, email public.relations@handballaustralia.org.au or ring 0408 22 77 94.


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