FILIPINO-AUSTRALIAN BEVAN CALVERT SELECTED AS CAPTAIN OF AUSTRALIAN MEN’S HANDBALL TEAM
On 27 June 2012, Filipino-Australian Bevan Calvert, Captain of the Australian Men's Handball Team, called on Consul General Anne Jalando-on Louis at the Philippine Consulate in Sydney.
A rising star in the world of Handball, Bevan is the first Filipino-Australian to be selected team captain of a national sports team. He was also named earlier this year as the Handball Ambassador by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Just 26 years of age, Bevan's list of accomplishments in Handball is growing. At 18, he played as member of the Australian Men's Handball Team that competed at the World Championship in Tunisia in 2005. He has represented Australia in a total of four (4) World Championships and other significant competitions. When he was 20, he went to Denmark where he played in the Danish First League for three years. Currently, Bevan divides his time between Australia and Germany, where he plays with the TSV Altenholz in the German handball Bundesliga (league). He is the 4th top goalscorer in the Bundesliga. During breaks from playing overseas, Bevan devotes his time and resources to the Australian team and to training young players in Australia.
Having recently led the Australian team to victory in the 2012 Oceania Regional Handball Men's World Championship Qualifier held in Sydney on 23 June 2012, Bevan will again lead the Australian Men's Handball Team in representing Oceania at the World Handball Championship in Spain in January 2013.
Consul General Louis lauded Bevan's accomplishments and said that he is a role model for all Filipino-Australian youth. She noted Bevan's achievements as among the many contributions of the members of the Filipino community to Australian society.
Consul General Louis also congratulated Bevan's parents, Violi and John Calvert, who have fully supported Bevan in his chosen field of endeavour.
Violi and John are heavily involved in Australian handball following their son's interest in the sport. John is currently team manager of the Australian Men's Handball Team. Since 2006, Violi has held the position of Media and Public Relations Officer of the Australian Handball Federation. Violi is now discussing with the Philippine Handball Federation in Manila the possibility of Bevan and Jay Abiera, another Filipino-Australian handball player based in the state of Victoria, holding handball clinics in the Philippines in the future.
Violi is an active member of the Filipino community and is a freelance writer as well as broadcast journalist for Radyo Sandigan, one of the Filipino-Australian radio stations in New South Wales. END