Athletes named for Trinbago 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games

The New Zealand Olympic Committee is proud to announce four athletes selected today to the New Zealand Team for the Trinbago 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games.

Joining a team of 12 swimmers already named, Beach volleyballers Tineke Hinton (18, Christchurch) and Kiana Stevenson (17, Auckland) have earned their spots on the women’s team, while Calum Stewart (17, Tauranga) and Juraj Krajci (18, Tauranga) have been named to the men’s team.

The Commonwealth Youth Games are part of the NZOC’s pre-elite pathway and provide a development opportunity for promising young athletes. Trinbago 2023 will be a multi-sport event for athletes aged 14 to 18 from around the Commonwealth and provide a high level of competition as well as access to educational and cultural experiences.

The youth athletes named today secured their spot on the team after demonstrating their capability and potential during both the New Zealand Beach Volleyball Tour and Age Group Inter-Provincial Beach Volleyball Championships held earlier this year.

The women’s team will be led by head coach Fiona Scrimshaw who brings a wealth of experience, having coached the silver medal winning women’s team at the Bahamas 2017 Youth Commonwealth Games, and the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

“I’m very excited by this team, I think we have a really good chance at being really competitive,” said Scrimshaw.

“To take a young team to Trinbago will be awesome, it’s their first time in a big arena so the experience will be invaluable. We have a consistent team that can deliver on the day, and it’s important that we take care of the little things and give it our best shot.”

In preparation for the Games, the Team will look to gain international experience and acclimate to the heat expected in Trinbago. The men’s pairing will travel to Europe, while the women’s pairing will compete in California before continuing their journey to Trinidad and Tobago

NZOC Nicki Nicol extended her congratulations to the athletes.

“Well done to the four youth athletes named today. We’re thrilled to have you as part of the New Zealand Team,” said Nicol.

“We wish them all the best for their preparation leading into the games and look forward to seeing them in action in just over two months’ time.”

Beach volleyball at Trinbago 2023 will be contested at the Pigeon Point Beach Facility in Tobago, with competition to begin on August 5th.

Grace Tiplady, Kalea Norton, Michael Tyler, and Mateo Roa have been named as reserves.

The team naming takes the total number of athletes selected to the New Zealand Team for Trinbago 2023 to 16.

Dalton set for next level

Four of New Zealand brightest young beach volleyball talents head overseas on Wednesday in preparation for the U-19 Beach World Championships.

Fresh off their selection in the top five of the women’s National Volleyball League draft in August, Burnside High School mates Rosa Vesty and Taylah Holdem will represent their country in the women’s competition while Rosmini College’s Charlie Dalton and Kyle Smith (formally Hillcrest High School) will compete in the men’s event.

Speaking to VNZ before flying out on Wednesday, Dalton said he is relishing the chance at the next level over the next couple of weeks.

“Definitely the exposure piece and being able to play on the world stage,” Dalton said.

“Because it’s a world champs, it’s the ultimate peak of our age group in beach volleyball which is pretty exciting.

“Playing Asian Championships earlier this year has been good for me, but this is another step up, being able to see the European teams and experience all different types of game play.”

Both teams initially head to Los Angeles for training, where they will be hosted by former New Zealand Beach player and Asian Champion Hayden Jones before travelling on to Turkey for the main event.

Dalton says the lead up to the event has been good with a mix of work individually and as a team ahead of the first game in Turkey.

“Preparation has been good – Kyle has been in the South Island with Waz [Warren Smith] and I’ve been doing some stuff with Johann Timmer in Mairangi Bay. Over the last three days we’ve had a camp in Auckland which has been some good preparation to get our connection going.

“Leading into LA which should be good, another three solid days training and we get to experience harsher conditions in the heat wave they have going on over there.

“I think we’ve got enough time to get that connection going.” 

Follow the progress of the Kiwi teams at the World U-19 Beach Championships via the Volleyball NZ Instagram and Facebook accounts. 

Related link: NZ Junior Beach Trials information 2022-2024

World U-19 Beach Championships 2022
Dikili, İzmir, Turkey
September 14-18

Women’s Team:

Coach: Fiona Scrimshaw
Players: Rosa Vesty and Taylah Holdem (Burnside High School/Canterbury Volleyball)

Men’s Team:

Coach: Luis Paulo (Men’s Programme coach Warren Smith unavailable for the event)
Players: Charlie Dalton (Rosmini College/Harbour Volleyball) and Kyle Smith (formerly Hillcrest High School/Waikato Volleyball)

Junior Beach Trials: 2022-2024

Volleyball New Zealand are pleased to announce trial dates for the Junior Men’s and Women’s Beach programmes for all athletes born between 2005 and 2006. This age group will be targeting possible events including Youth Commonwealth Games, Asian Champs, and possible tours to Australia and the Pacific. 

2022-2024 Programme Plans

  • October 2022 – Open National Team Trials to select a NZ U19 Beach Squad. Members of this squad will form the Campaign group for 2023 International Competition.
  • December 2022 – NZ U19 Campaign Squads will assemble for a training camp - Harbour Beach Volleyball Centre (TBC). Athletes not selected will be able to attend U19 Development Camp alongside the Next Gen Programme.
  • 2023 - Selections for Youth Commonwealth Games and other international competitions

Location and Times

(Please note the following times are different for each trial due to coach/court availability)

South Island Trial 

  • Under 19 Women - 4th October 2022 - Pioneer Sand Courts
  • Under 19 Men - 28th October (Strength and Conditioning Testing) and 29th October (Sand Sessions) October 2022 - Pioneer Sand Courts

North Island Trial: 

  • Under 19 Women - 2nd October 2022 - Harbour Beach Volleyball Centre
  • Under 19 Men - 29th October (Strength and Conditioning Testing) and  30th October 2022 (Sand Sessions)- Harbour Beach Volleyball Centre


- $60 
- Transport, food, and accommodation will be at the athletes expense


To be eligible to trial and be available for selection. athletes will need to:

- Be born between 1 January 2005 and 31 December 2006
- Have New Zealand as their Federation of Origin (FIVB)
- Hold a NZ Passport or have NZ citizenship
- Be a registered member of Volleyball NZ 


To register, please click here.

Registration closes Friday 23 September, 5pm

Please contact for any eligibility or registration questions

Programme FAQ

Q: Can I attend either trial to be considered?
A: Yes, these trials were set up to accommodate athletes around the country. Athletes may attend either depending on their availability or preference.  

Q: I can only attend one day is that ok?
A: Yes, we understand other commitments may prevent you from attending both days. Athletes will need to still pay the full trial fee.

Q: I can’t attend any trials; can I still be eligible for the Under 19 Beach Programme?
A: Yes, however this won’t allow selectors to see you in comparison to other athletes. If you can’t attend, you will need to contact Men’s Coach Warren Smith - - or Women’s Coach Fiona Scrimshaw - or Women’s Coach