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Leanne Turrell appointed as National Development Manager

Volleyball New Zealand has appointed Leanne Turrell, as their new National Development Manager, replacing the outgoing Game Development Manager, Matt Wenn.

Leanne said she has been impressed by the changes Volleyball New Zealand have made and their growth over the last five years, which had made her want to be part of the organisation.

“I feel I can have a really positive impact and make a valuable contribution to Volleyball in New Zealand, from the community, through to the high-performance level.”

The National Development Manager will work to lead, facilitate and grow the VNZ Coach Development programme (VNZCDP), maximise development opportunities for participants and athletes and support growth within the Volleyball Associations across New Zealand.

“Leanne already has experience working with Volleyball New Zealand both as a national performance coach and a regional coach developer. Her holistic approach to athlete development and creating positive experiences for all participants, are philosophies that align strongly with our participant focused approach.” Said outgoing Game Development Manager, Matt Wenn.

Leanne Turrell will work closely with Volleyball New Zealand Coaching Advisor Mike Dudson and regional association development staff, with a focus on participant, athlete and coach development.

Volleyball New Zealand CEO, Paul Cameron, said the appointment of Leanne Turrell was vital in continuing the momentum created by Matt Wenn.

“As well as Leanne’s volleyball experience at both a national and regional level, it was Leanne’s past work experiences, involving high levels of communication, leadership and management that were important to us. She has a proven track record of building highly engaged and effective teams both on and off the court, and in the work place.” Said Mr Cameron.

“The quality of the applicants was outstanding, with number coming from overseas. We were impressed by Leanne’s experience and passion. We are thrilled to have her onboard and are confident she will bring to the position exactly what we need. We continue to be excited about the future of our sport.”

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