Thursday, August 24, 2023


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Local Sport Star An Olympic Likely

Volleyball runs in the veins of Proserpine State High School sport star, Lillian Kelly.

Lillian has recently qualified for the Under 16s Australian Women’s team, competing at the Asian Championships, and will head to China in the next school holidays, while also qualifying for the Queensland School Sport (QSS) team and will be travelling to Canberra in June.

Lillian began playing volleyball in Year 7, following in her mum’s sporting footsteps, and the teachers at Proserpine State High School urged her on.

“I guess the teachers at this school, they get you into it, because they like it too,” Lillian said.

“If there was no volleyball at this school, I would not be where I am today.”

Lillian will head to Canberra to stay at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) to have some team training before travelling to China with the team.

She is one of eight Queenslanders, two from Victoria, one from South Australia, and one from New South Wales.

“Queensland’s pretty dominant in the sport.”

“Honestly, I was so stoked [to get this opportunity] - it’s crazy!

“I’m playing for Australia. And they said a while ago that my group is targeted for the Brisbane Olympics, which they’ve already started scouting for.”

“That’s good because I’ve always wanted to go to the Olympics. And it never even started off as volleyball, I was going to play a different sport.”

If Lillian’s team were to win the Asia Championships, they will be invited to the compete in the World Championships in 2023.

Lillian Kelly never intended to become so prolific in competitive volleyball. Photo credit: Bronte Hodge

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