Bailey Keck, Scott Johnson and Lewis Roberts (left to right) are representing Australia. Photo: Brendan McCarthy.

A GROUP of Bendigo volleyballers are gunning for gold as they this week embarked on a trip to Thailand to compete in the Under-21 Thailand National Championships.

Bendigo Academy of Sport athletes Lewis Roberts, Bailey Keck and Scott Johnson have all been selected for their first tour with the team.

The teenagers aren’t the only athletes to be recently honoured with national selection – Bendigo’s Lauren Cox has been picked to feature in the Australian youth women’s team competing at the Asian championships in May.

The Thailand championships tournament is regularly attended by Australian teams and runs until April 27.

The competition will see the teenaged trio of Roberts, Johnson and Keck come up against some top young talent after spending a week with their Australian teammates at the FIVB Development Centre in Bangkok.

Coach Todd Broadbent said he is extremely proud of the trio.

“They have all worked really hard to get where they have and very much deserve this selection,” he said.

“What an opportunity to represent their country and I am sure they will do an outstanding job in Thailand and represent themselves and the academy well.”

Broadbent has also been selected as a coach of the 15-and-under Victorian state team, alongside fellow locals Mark Jensen and Gel Klein-Boonschate.

Rye Penny has been selected in that squad for the Australian championships, to be held at the new Bendigo Stadium in August.

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