NSW Premier launches Manly Volleyfest

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NSW PREMIER JOINED OLYMPIC STARS OF THE PAST AND FUTURE AT VOLLEYFEST LAUNCH ON MANLY BEACH THIS MORNING

NSW Premier, Mike Baird, joined Sydney 2000 Olympic gold medalists, Kerri Pottharst and Natalie Cook, for the media announcement of the biggest beach volleyball event in Australia since the Sydney Olympics.

In the space of just two weeks, Manly Beach will host the Australian Beach Volleyball Tour Finals, the inaugural 4 Nations Cup, and the Asian Volleyball Confederation Beach Volleyball Championships.

Joining Premier Baird and the Olympic gold medalists at the launch this morning were Manly locals Nicole Laird and Mariafe Artacho del Solar, who are hoping to qualify later this year to represent Australia in Beach Volleyball at the Rio Olympics.

The Manly Volleyfest, which will run over three weekends from March 18 until March 28 and will become a regular fixture over the next three years at Manly Beach, thanks to the partnership with the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

“Volleyfest is a festival of beach volleyball that sees some of the world’s best converge on Manly Beach for nine days of competition. With the Rio Olympics around the corner the competition will be intense, and it will attract visitors to Manly from around Australia and overseas,” Mr. Baird said.

Over the next three years Volleyfest is expected to attract more than 8,000 domestic and international visitors, with an estimated visitor spend of $6.2 million. The event will also showcase Manly Beach to a worldwide audience, highlighting the spectacular beach and surrounds.

Taking place just after the Australian Open of Surfing at Manly Beach, the event will see the Australian Beach Volleyball Tour Finals played from 19-20 March, the 4 Nations Cup played from 21-22 March and the AVC Asian Championships played from 25-28 March.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres said the event was perfectly suited to Manly Beach.

“Manly is one of our State’s most iconic beaches, and is the ideal host for Volleyfest. I encourage all visitors to Volleyfest to take some time to explore the area’s restaurants, shops and natural attractions as there is something on offer for all ages and tastes,” Mr. Ayres said.

Volleyball Australia would like to thank the NSW Government, Destination NSW, Manly Council, Hancock Prospecting, the Georgina Hope Foundation, Bendon Lingerie, Three Threes Condiments and the Schwartz Family Company for their on-going support of its beach and indoor programs.

                

TOP VOLLEYROOS ENJOYING THAT WINNING FEELING

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TOP VOLLEYROOS ENJOYING THAT WINNING FEELING

If winning form is good form, than three of our male Volleyroos are in incredible form at the moment.

Volleyroos captain, Tom Edgar, has just helped his new team, Beijing BAIC Volley, to its 16th consecutive win in China.

In Germany, fellow Opposite, Paul Carroll, and his team, SCC Berlin, are tracking at nine wins from nine outings.

And in the Netherlands, Jacob Guymer and his team, Abiant Lycurgus, have just clocked their 14th consecutive victory.

WOMEN VOLLEYROOS HEAD COACH APPOINTED

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Volleyball Australia is proud to announce the appointment of its Head Coach for the Women Volleyroos (indoor team) for the 2016 international season including the FIVB Women’s Grand Prix.

Shannon Winzer has been the coach of the winning WAVL (Women’s Australian Volleyball League) team for the last 3 years, and in 2013 and 2014 also contributed as an Assistant Coach to the Women Volleyroos. She played in the WAVL for 5 years, and was a member of the national team in 2008 and 2009. A Canadian national, she also has playing experience in her home country and the UK.

She will guide the Volleyroos during the FIVB Women’s Grand Prix (Group 3) in June, when they will play against Cuba, Colombia and Croatia in Wollongong from 3-5 June, and against Mexico, Colombia and Kazakhstan in Colombia from 10-12 June, aiming for the finals in Kazakhstan from 17-19 June.

The campaign begins with a camp in Melbourne at the Maribyrnong Academy of Sport and Fairhills High School from 22 to 24 January, followed by camps in Adelaide (February), Sydney (Easter) and Brisbane (April) before some international matches in May.

“Shannon brings both enormous enthusiasm and passion to the Volleyroos campaign, together with significant and sustained success in the WAVL over recent years”, said John Boultbee, VA High Performance Director. “This stood her out in a strong field of international candidates, and provides a role model for Australian based coaches seeking to ply their skills on the international stage. Our best Australian based players have all nominated for the January camp, and will eventually be joined by some of the overseas based players, prior to the World Grand Prix.”

Shannon Winzer commented “I am excited about this opportunity to bring together the best players Australia has to offer and work with them to build a program that we can all be proud of setting the foundation for future success.”

Media release: 12/06/2014

The Oceania Zone board and representatives have completed an historic 3 day development planning workshop in Canberra Australia today.

In a first for the zone, AVC supported Oceania to convene a development meeting led by President Craig Carracher in Canberra with a detailed plan now being drafted for the new board to approve at it's next meeting.

"I was delighted to work in such a cooperative and supportive way with 10 of my colleagues from 7 national federations across all 3 sub zones of Oceania. We also enjoyed the good wishes and documented feedback and preparation of many other national federations to produce a clear set of 14 strategic principles to guide our development plan to 2016", said Craig Carracher, President Oceania Volleyball.

"The support of AVC and FIVB to convene this meeting and to guide our deliberations has produced the most dramatic change in our sport in this region. I was delighted so many Oceania colleagues could join this weekend to experience Australia's sold out World League win over Finland. Australia's success is success for Oceania and Asian volleyball and it was particularly rewarding we could host this meeting at the time of hosting such a major event in our region."

The meeting also benefited from reports on the progress of the A$250,000 investment made by Volleyball Australia and the Australian Government through the Pacific Volleyball Partnership in Fiji and Vanuatu. "We are very proud of the impact this investment through volleyball is having on behavioural change especially for women in sport across these two island nations.  We encourage our partners in the delivery if this program to continue to support this important work achieving immediate and direct benefits to so many people in regional and rural villages and communities", said Craig Carracher.

FIBA Oceania CEO, David Crocker, also presented at the meeting to outline current and alternative strategies undertaken by other Olympic sports across the Zone.

The Oceania Board will meet to consider the 14 strategic principles and the detailed development plan over the coming weeks.

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