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NZ Beach Volleyball aiming for Rio

Picture - NZL win Oceania Continental Cup in Cook Islands (Mike Watson, Jason Lochhead, Ben Odea and Sam Odea)


New Zealand’s Mike Watson (BOP), Sam O’Dea (BOP) along with Jason Lochhead (BOP), Ben O’Dea (BOP) and Thomas Hartles (Reserve from North Harbour) have arrived in Australia, for the Asian Olympic Qualifier will be held June 24-26 in Cairns.

After winning the Oceania Continental Cup in Cook Islands last year, NZL had a bye past the semi-finals directly to the Asian Continental Cup Finals.

If NZL win the Cairns event they will potentially qualify one team a place at the 2016 Rio Olympics. If NZL place 2nd or 3rd they will have the opportunity to travel to Russia to play a last chance qualifier.

NZL will likely be seeded 4th and face China in the Quarterfinal round, if they progress (win) they will probably face Australia in the semi-final, win again and they will likely face either Qatar or Kazakhstan in the final.

The winner of this tournament may earn a place for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Volleyball NZ has a meeting with NZOC Olympic Committee in the last week of June, where a decision to include NZL Beach Volleyball in NZOC’s team for Rio will be made.

The Silver and Bronze medallist will have an opportunity to compete against the other Continental runners up for the final Olympic Spots (2). This tournament will be held in Sochi, Russia.

In the build up to the finals Watson/O’Dea and Lochhead/O’Dea played the Asian Champs, with Lochhead/O’Dea finishing 4th and O’Dea/Watson finishing 5th equal.

Teams to beat:

Australia – Kapa/McHugh, 3rd  place at the 2014 Austrian Grand Slam

Qatar – Jefferson/Cherif, 1st place at the 2016 Iran Open

Kazakhstan – Dyachanko/Sidorenko, 4th place at the 2014 Norway Grand Slam

China – Bao/Ha, 5th place at the 2016 Asian Championships

Japan – Katsuhiro Shiratori, 2 time Olympian

Event Website here

Picture - NZL win Oceania Continental Cup in Cook Islands (Mike Watson, Jason Lochhead...
NZ Order of Merit Bestowed on McCutcheon

Mr Hugh McCutcheon has been involved in the sport of volleyball, both as a player and a coach, for more than 30 years.

Mr McCutcheon has represented New Zealand at the Junior and Senior level indoors, and has also represented his country in Beach Volleyball. He made his mark internationally as a coach in the United States where he coached the then #2 World ranked USA Men’s Team to the Gold Medal in the 2008 Olympic Games, and the then #1 World ranked USA Women’s Team to the Silver Medal in the 2012 Olympic Games. He is the only head coach, in any US Olympic team sport, to lead a men’s and women’s team to the podium.

He now coaches NCAA Division 1 Volleyball at the University of Minnesota and was named National Coach of the year in 2015 by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. He has continued his work in the international arena by serving on the Federation International de Volleyball coaching commission. He is a frequent contributor to the New Zealand Volleyball community and delivers regular professional development courses for coaches of all-codes. He has hosted numerous New Zealand coaches and teams at the USAV training centre in Anaheim and in Minneapolis. Mr. McCutcheon has also consulted with Sport New Zealand, Netball New Zealand, and the Canterbury Crusaders coaching staff.


Mr Hugh McCutcheon has been involved in the sport of volleyball, both as a player and...

Teams Announced For FIVB U19 World Beach Volleyball Championships and USA-West Coast tournament


Volleyball New Zealand is pleased to announce the team to represent New Zealand in the FIVB U19 World Beach Volleyball Championships in Portugal and teams to represent New Zealand in USA-West Coast tournament in early July. For More Info - Here

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