Eric always loved sports.
He attended Holy Spirit Primary School in North Ringwood and Aquinas College in Ringwood, following the Trade school at Box Hill TAFE.
Eric was also attending the Slovenian Language School of Slovenian Association Melbourne, starting in 1976; was a member of Slovenian folk dancing group of the above club and participated at Slovenian Youth concerts in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney, as well as cultural programs, and multicultural festivals in Melbourne.
Eric attended Slovenian language classes in Saturday School of Modern Languages at Dandenong and Box Hill High Schools.
He started playing volleyball aged 17, and enjoyed it ever since.
1988 Eric started playing volleyball as a team member at local Croydon Leisure Centre He played in social competitions and tournaments.
1990 Eric started training with the Victoria State League Team, Wallabies Juniors, and started to play Beach Volleyball.
1992 Team member of Hawks, Victoria State Volleyball Team, Division 1
1993 Hawks Honours’ Team was established, Eric a team member,
1995 Active team member in tournaments and weekly competitions in Victoria and other states of Australia
1996 Horsham Tournament – Winner
Indoor Volleyball Tournaments include among the others:
Good Neighbour Tournament in Canberra: 2nd placing for Division 2 Team; 3rd placing for the Honours’ Team
Morwell Tournament: 1st placing three times; 2nd placing twice
Good placing at Bendigo, Warnambool and Adelaide Tournaments.
2001 Warnambool Tournament, playing with Eastside Hawks; Bendigo Tournament, Winner
2001 to 2004 National League AVL with Melbourne Falcons
2002 Won National and State Leagues, State Championship Team
2003 AVL, Second place, Volleyball Australia
1993 Placing in top 20 Best players in Victorian Beach Volleyball
1994 Beach Volleyball tournaments in Victoria
Sponsored by Redsand Company for three years
Played National Level in up to ten tournaments in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide
Beach Volleyball: always finishing in TOP TEN – 50%, TOP FIVE – 50%.
2001 Victorian Beach League Tournament, Top 4, 1 week Winner Ranked No.: 6
2002 World Masters Games, Melbourne, team member of team Renegades, Winning Gold Medal for age 30 plus
2002 Russia, in town Khabarovsk, north of Vladivostok, team came 3rd
2004 Oceania Games in Tahiti, team came 5th