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Greek Volleyball Congress agenda includes sitting volleyball

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The first ever Greek Volleyball Congress is taking place with weekend at the Department of Physical Education and Sport in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Τμήμα Επιστήμης Φυσικής Αγωγής και Αθλητισμού Ε.Κ.Π.Α.), with sitting volleyball being on the event’s agenda.  This includes establishing what objectives should be for the development of the sport on a national level, and future prospects of growing the sport to allow Greece to compete internationally.


Greece does not currently have a men or women’s national team ranked by the sports international governing body, World Para Volley. This situation is similar to Albania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Republic of Macedonia, which all share land borders with Greece.  None of them have teams either.

The last time the national team was particularly active was around  2003, 2005 and 2007 when teams participated in the European Championships.  Greek teams also competed at the 2004 home hosted Summer Paralympics.  The sport has a relatively short history in Greece, with the first clubs not being created until 2001.    Clubs that currently exist include Spartacus, Eagles, Eagles Crete, Lazaros Stefanidis Macedon, Pasco and Triptolemus.

The Greek Volleyball Congress  is being attended by Emily Mastrandrea (Έμιλυ Μαστρανδρέα), the sister of Michael Mastrandreas (Μιχάλη Μαστρανδρέα). For many years, Michael Mastrandreas was the president of Hellenic Volleyball Association, and was involved in governing the sport on a continental level. He was one of the most important figures in developing the sport in Greece. An award is being given at the congress in Michael Mastrandreas’s honor.

Laura Hale
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Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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