Four Old Aquinians are on the road to Rio de Janeiro to represent Australia at this year’s Olympic Games.
Luke Perry (‘12) has already made a mark on the international volleyball stage, wearing the green and gold at junior and senior levels to represent Australia. He started his volleyball career at Aquinas College, playing for the College and competing in national competitions. Luke toured with the Australian Youth Team in 2012 and played in the Asia Cup in the Australian Volleyroos Senior B team. He was offered a scholarship to the AIS in Canberra and trained at the facility full-time. In 2013, he was selected to tour Russia in the Uniroos team at the World University Games. Luke also competed in the World Championship qualifiers as part of the Men’s National Senior team. He has played in many countries across the world, including Brazil, Dubai, Argentina and Qatar.
At 20 years of age and standing over two metres tall, Samuel Walker (‘12) is a dominant force on any volleyball court. Samuel picked up his first volleyball at Aquinas College in 2009 and has never looked back. He competed for the school and at national competitions throughout his high school career. Samuel represented Australia at junior level at the Asian Junior Championships and in 2010 was awarded a scholarship to the AIS. He was offered his first professional playing contract two years ago by Swedish team Linkoping. He has also played for the Corigliano – A2 (Italy) and ACH Ljubljana (Slovenia) teams.
Joshua Court (‘06) has spent the past five months gearing up for a showdown against seven other teams in the Asian region for a spot in the Olympic Games Beach Volleyball competition. He has been competing in a national tour, winning multiple events – in SA, QLD, WA, VIC and NSW. His team took out the tour final in NSW. Joshua also represented Australia at the Asian Championships, placing third. He has now been selected to compete in the Continental Cup, an Olympic qualifying competition in the Asian region. Joshua is training in Melbourne in the lead up to the event, held in Cairns in June. He will also train with the national team and other Beach Volleyroos in preparation for the Cup.
Aran Zalewski (’08) is also vying for a spot in the Kookaburra’s hockey side to represent Australia at the Rio games.