ICMS is proud of dynamic staff member Alice De Innocentiis who has been chosen for the Australian volleyball team. She will soon compete in the World Grand Prix in Trinidad and Tobago and Canberra.
When did you start playing volleyball?
I started playing volleyball when I was 14 in Italy which is my birth country. Volleyball is a major sport in all of Europe, especially in Italy.
Have you been chosen to play for your country before?
Yes, this will be my second year representing Australia. Last year I made my debut in the World Grand Prix against Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Mexico and Kazakhstan. This year we are going to compete again in the World Grand Prix, as well as in the Asian Championship.
How does it feel to have reached this level in your sport?
It feels amazing! I am someone who has always worked pretty hard in the gym so I am stoked that all that hard work has paid off. Also, to be able to represent the country that I now call home is an even more wonderful honour.
Is this professional or amateur volleyball?
I would say semi-professional as we do receive limited funding. However, some of us still have a full time job outside of Volleyball.
What does it take to reach this level in your sport?
Hard work and resilience.
Describe your position at ICMS.
I am the Assistant Dean of Student Engagement. I am basically responsible for the overall student experience from extra-curricular activities, to residential life and sport.
What lessons could ICMS students take from your experience in volleyball?
Play a sport! Lots of young kids don’t understand that being involved in a sport gives you the extra edge and experience on important aspects such as leadership, resilience, team work, and performance under pressure. Some of the most important life lessons for me have come from playing volleyball. So play a sport, it does not matter what sport, just get involved!
Do you play any other sport?
Yes, beach volleyball, which I used to play more competitively at a national level before indoor volleyball; now I only play during my indoor off-season and more for fun. I also like to play other sports like tennis and basketball. I also took on pole dancing a couple of years ago which was so much fun.
When will you be competing with your team, and how can ICMS students support you?
I will be off to Canberra on 26 June for a preparation camp with the team, then we will head off to Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago to compete in Round 1 and 2 of the 2017 World Grand Prix against France, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Hungary and Cameroon. We will then head back to Canberra for finals on 22/23 July – it would be great to see a solid ICMS contingent in Canberra for the final round! Also all games should be televised on Foxtel.
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