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Olympic Information

  • 2000 - 9th (Indoor Volleyball)

Recent Performances

  • 9th - 2012 FIVB Rome World Tour (Rome, Italy)
  • 5th - 2012 FIVB Moscow World Tour (Moscow, Russia)
  • 9th - 2012 FIVB Beijing World Tour (Beijing, China)
  • 17th - 2012 FIVB Shanghai World Tour (Shanghai, China)
  • 5th - 2012 FIVB Sanya World Tour (Sanya, China)
  • 9th - 2012 FIVB Brasilia World Tour (Brasilia, Brazil)
  • 4th - 2011 FIVB Phuket World Tour (Phuket, Thailand)
  • 17th - 2011 FIVB Moscow World Tour (Moscow, Russia)

Career Highlights

  • Silver medal at the 2009 World Tour in Stare Jablonki, Poland
  • Competing at the 2000 Olympics in Indoor Volleyball
  • Joining the National Beach Volleyball Program in 2009

Interesting Facts

  • Having competed at the Sydney Olympic Games in the Australian indoor volleyball team, Louise Bawden switched the hard indoor floors for the soft sand of the beach and will now make her second Games appearance in London alongside partner Becchara Palmer.
  • Growing up in Melbourne, Bawden left home at the age of 16 to join the national indoor volleyball program in Canberra. Three years later she competed at the Sydney Olympic Games as a part of the indoor team that finished 9th. She soon moved to the Netherlands to take up a professional contract until 2003, playing at the 2002 World Championships along the way.
  • Switching to beach volleyball in 2009, she made an immediate impact as she won the world beach volleyball association's top rookie award with American Angie Akers. Palmer and Bawden came together late in 2009 and won silver in only their third event together on the FIVB World Tour in Poland
  • They became Australia's number one pair in 2011 as they took out the Australian Beach Volleyball Championships and went on to finish 11th at the 2011 World Championships in Rome.
  • The pair performed strongly throughout 2012 winning 20 of their 31 matches as they made the quarter-finals in Sanya, China and Moscow, Russia to finish the Olympic qualification period strongly and as they finished ranked in the top 16 in the world.


Years on national team



Mick Nelson (2010 - current)
Craig Marshall (2009 - current)

Primary Training Base

Adelaide, Australia


Australian Institute of Sport, Adelaide



Mitcham Primary School (VIC, Australia)


Vermont Secondary College & Fintona Girls School (VIC, Australia)


Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) - Griffith University

Beach Volleyball Team

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