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National Beach Tour gets under way at Mt Maunganui

The first stop of the National Beach Volleyball Tour the "Bay of Plenty Times Mt Maunganui Open" gets under way at the Main Beach this weekend.

New Zealand's top teams will be joined by athletes from Germany, Japan and the Netherlands.

The number 1 seeded women's team is Julia Tilley and Alice Bain who not only have performed well over our domestic series at the end of 2016 but also had some promising results on the 2016 Asian Tour.

The number 1 seeded men's team is Rene Kapa and Morgan Seymour who have also performed consistently this summer as well as being one of a small number of teams to keep the same combination from the 2016 season.

Get down to the Mt Maunganui beach and soak up the action, on what promises to be a beautiful weekend. Matches start at 9am Saturday with semifinals from 9:50am Sunday, with the finals scheduled for 2:20pm and 3:20pm.

The first stop of the National Beach Volleyball Tour the "Bay of Plenty Times Mt...
High Performance Sport NZ Announcement

As you will all be aware the 2018 Commonwealth Games is including Beach volleyball for the first time.

Recently VNZ had meetings & discussions with High Performance Sport NZ over possible Campaign funding for potential Commonwealth Games medal contenders. In the small window of time available before HPSNZ closed off the application process the only potential athletes with an acceptable Commonwealth Games Plan & personal criteria were Sam & Ben O’Dea. Their case covering their history as athletes as juniors, beach volleyball success, indoor status & calculated NZL ranking for Commonwealth Games medal success and a longer team plan for the Tokyo Olympics has contributed to successful funding support announced today by HPSNZ for $20,000. Congratulations Sam & Ben.

Outside of HPSNZ funding, VNZ is currently looking at assistance for potential 2018 Commonwealth Games & 2020 Olympic Games medal winning combinations. Such assistance will require comprehensive Campaign Plans covering: playing record & achievements, event schedule, coach, training program etc. More information on this possible assistance will be available shortly.    Also confirming with you, VNZ is currently working with the NZ Commonwealth Games Association (NZOC) over selection criteria for possible selection of Beach athletes in both genders. The overriding Nomination Criteria in determining whether or not to nominate a group of athletes to the NZOC the VNZ Beach selectors, Lucy Pomeroy, Pete Cox & Tim Cleaver must be satisfied that the group of athletes:

(a) are capable of achieving a top 6 placing at the Games in a Beach volleyball event


(b) have a track record of sufficient quality and depth that the NZOC believes demonstrates that the group of nominated athletes will be competitive at the Games and will perform creditably in that Beach Volleyball event

As you will all be aware the 2018 Commonwealth Games is including Beach volleyball for...

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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