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Entries Open for the 1st Beach Challenger Tournament of the Season

The 2016/17 Beach Volleyball season will kick off next month with the 1st Mauao Challenger Tournament of the season.

This season brings with it a new trial format and the prospect of players putting themselves into contention for Commonwealth Games selection.

The Mauao Challenger #1 will be held at Mt Maunganui Main Beach on October 8th and 9th. With the most teams playing on the Saturday and the best qualifying through to take on the highest seeded teams on the Sunday.

This season also sees a change to the registration system with all Challenger event to be entered online. The Mauao Challenger #1 can be entered here. Entries close Tuesday Oct 4th at 5pm.

This season will also feature a more comprehensive ranking system, where all players in Under 16, Under 18, Masters and Open Age Groups will receive rankings. These different grades will also be used to separate the teams into division for the Saturday competition.

Following the Mauao Challenger will be the Mairangi Challenger #1, which will be held at the Mairangi Bay Beach Volleyball Centre the following weekend October 15th and 16th (and if entries require, this event could even move some junior games to Friday evening).

For the newer beach volleyball players out there who would like some training before playing their first event the North Island Beach Volleyball Camp is being held on Oct 6th and 7th at Mt Maunganui and can be entered here.

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Volleyball players urged to sign up now for World Masters Games 2017 to avoid disappointment as some sports sell out

With two sports already sold out and three more nearing capacity, Volleyball players should register now for World Masters Games 2017 to secure their places.

That’s the message from Paul Cameron, CEO, Volleyball New Zealand who says registrations for the 2017 Games are currently tracking ahead of Sydney 2009, which were the most successful Games to date and attracted a record 29,000 participants.

“Football and softball have already sold out and we don’t want any of our Volleyball players to miss out on the unique opportunity to compete in a World Masters Games on home soil,” Cameron says.

WMG2017 organisers are expecting 25,000 athletes to compete in Auckland next year and are keen to accommodate as many athletes as possible. But there is a limit to the number of participants that can compete in many sports, particularly team sports, due to venue capacities.

Since registrations opened in February this year, they have been on a ‘first come, first served’ basis with athletes, including Volleyball players, urged to get their registrations in early to secure their places.

Cameron says with a big uptake from overseas athletes keen to visit Auckland and New Zealand for the Games, and the rate of registrations increasing as the event gets closer, it’s up to Kiwi Volleyball players to get organised quickly and sign up to take on the world.

“The Local Organising Committee and we as sport delivery partners are doing everything we can to accommodate all those who want to participate,” he says. “Where sports are particularly popular, every effort will be made to extend capacity, however late comers could find that they miss out.”

Cameron says the key thing for Volleyball players is to register now even if you don’t yet have a full team.

“If you do not have all your team members ready to go, one person can register as captain of a team to secure a place for your team at the Games,” he says.

To register for World Masters Games 2017 please visit www.worldmastersgames2017.co.nz

For further information contact:

Tim Cleaver, Technical Delegate, Volleyball New Zealand

Tel: +64 22 175 8264

or

Chris Gregory, Media Manager, World Masters Games 2017

Tel: +64 27 292 3601.

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

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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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