A reminder that entries close Wednesday 1 July for Division I and II and the new Masters Grade. Entry forms are on the VNZ website http://volleyballnz.org.nz/club-nationals
We also remind all athletes that the Championships, like all VNZ events, are drug free and that Drug Free Sport NZ may undertake random testing at this or any of our events.
Kelsie Wills Nomination for NCAA Woman of the Year
Congratulations to Kelsie Wills (formerly Waikato) who has been nominated as NCAA Woman of the Year.
This is a great way to cap off a highly successful 4 years which included two conference titles and all-American honours.
Senior Teams on Tour
The Senior Men’s team played Australian Universities as the curtain-raiser to the Australia vs Brazil World League match in Sydney. This was a very close game with the Australian Universities side prevailing 25-23, 25-19, 25-23.
The Senior Women’s team had some close matches in Tahiti, just failing to make the final on points difference by 4 points!
Well done top both teams and great to see a Senior programme back on track for both genders.
Sport NZ Board Appointment
Congratulations to Paul Cameron on his recent appointment to the Board of Sport NZ. Paul takes up the appointment as of 1 July.
VNZ President and Board Chair Jock Murley says Cameron has done an outstanding job at Volleyball NZ and had helped unlock the sport’s huge potential here.
“Paul’s knowledge in sector activity from juniors to masters is outstanding. As Sport NZ rolls out its new Strategic Plan, Paul’s governance and management skills will be invaluable. We at Volleyball NZ are privileged to still have him lead our team.”
World League and World Grand Prix Appointment
Congratulations to Allan Brodie who has been appointed to two World League and a World Grand Prix fixture in Australia over three weekends. Allan will be assisting the Match Supervisor at the Australia vs Brazil match in Sydney, Match Supervisor for the Australia vs Serbia match in Brisbane and at the Group 3 Women’s Grand Prix final in Canberra.
World Beach Championships
Sam O’Dea and Mike Watson have had a tough start to their campaign and at the time of writing had their final pool match with a chance to make it through to the knock out rounds. You can follow the event at http://netherlands2015.fivb.org/en/news/no-ticket-no-problem-follow-the-action?id=53669
Best wishes to Sam and Mike from us all.