Volleyball New Zealand Chief Executive Toni-Maree Carnie attended the biennial FIVB Congress from September 22-25 in Holland.
The 2022 Congress was held in person in Arnhem, coinciding with the opening ceremony of the Women's World Championships, after the 2020 edition was held online due to Covid-19.
Carnie said the Congress brought a range of opportunities to build relationships and learn from what is happening around the globe.
"Congress was a valuable networking opportunity to meet a number of other national federations to discuss their plans, learnings and challenges," Carnie said.
"It is not surprising that it seems no matter where you are in the world, many issues are the same and we can continue to learn from each other.
"When you listen to Ukraine and Afghanistan share their stories though, it does put sport in perspective with life. We are very lucky to be able to freely play sport at all levels."
FIVB continues to support New Zealand in the form of a contribution to a High Performance Beach coach. FIVB’s focus for category 1 and 2 federations (including VNZ), continues to be in the form of beach resourcing and support.
Volleyball New Zealand was also presented a plaque to celebrate 50 years of association with FIVB.
“It was an honour to receive on behalf of those who have gone before me,” said Carnie. “So many people have worked hard to bring volleyball in New Zealand to where it currently is and we are the better for their service and foresight."