Benson Emery

Benson Emery

Benson Emery

I am a Townsville local studying engineering at JCU. I play beach and indoor volleyball and have represented Townsville, North Queensland, and Queensland.

In 2021 I was captain of the best Townsville Monsoons men’s team. I made the u18 Queensland indoor state team in 2021 and won gold in the challenger division of the Townsville round of the Queensland Beach Volleyball Tour.

What event will you be participating at the NQ Games?

I will be playing in beach and indoor volleyball.

Have you ever competed in an NQ Games before?

This will be my first NQ games.

How important is it for you to have local competition like this event?

It is incredibly important to have a competitive environment that local athletes can compete in so that they can gain more experience at playing in a high-pressure environment.

What’s your best piece of advice for athletes in your sport?

It is vital that you develop your technique in volleyball before anything else. Developing the correct technique will help you improve faster than everyone else and it will also save you from injury during tournaments where you are repeating the same movements hundreds or thousands of times.

Who has inspired you the most in your sport?

Sam Flowerday is one of my biggest inspirations, coming from Proserpine he played for the NQ schoolboys team in 2018 and continued on to make the Australian team and is now playing college volleyball in Canada.

What part of North Queensland are you from?

I am from Townsville.

What’s your favourite thing to do in Townsville?

My favourite thing to do in Townsville is walking up castle hill and if its too hot I will go for a swim on the strand.

How did you start/get into this sport?

I grew up on the sideline watching my parents play social beach volleyball and occasionally played with them. In 2019 I made the schoolboys NQ team and that was my first time playing indoor volleyball. It was from that point on that I started to take volleyball more seriously.

How long have you been playing/competing in this sport?

I have been playing beach volleyball for 5 years and indoor for 3 years.

What are your sporting career goals?

I hope to play for Australia in either beach or indoor volleyball. I also want to play in the Australian Beach Volleyball Tour in the next few years.

Are you competing in a few sports at the games? If so, what are they and how will you balance/manage this commitment?

I will be competing in both indoor and beach volleyball, they are played the days after each other so hopefully I can conserve my body so that I last over both events, but I am young and should be fine.

The NQ games are a great event to meet and socialise with other athletes, have you made new friends through sport?

Some of my best friends are the friends I’ve made through volleyball. Its great to have something in common with them, and it’s something that we all do together regularly so it is very easy to be social.

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