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.”

The National Women’s Program commenced the ‘90’s ranked 6th in the Asian zone and maintained this ranking throughout the decade, due in part, to the strong nature of women’s volleyball in Asia with teams like China (1st), Japan (7th) and Korea (8th) all ranked in the top 8 of the world at the time. 

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With the support of the Australian Institute of Sport (from 1993 to 2004) the Australian Senior Women's Volleyball Team entered the new century with an appearance in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, where they placed 9th, beating Kenya in the process and taking a set off Croatia.  With this result, the Program achieved its highest ever world ranking of 14th following the games. 

A new look Women’s Team qualified for a second World Championships in September 2001, and achieved a 6th place finish at the 2001 Asian Championships in the same year. In 2002 Australia competed in the 2002 World Championships held in Germany eventually finishing 21st at the event.

Australia was unsuccessful in their qualification attempts for the 2006 World Championships and, after a period of rebuilding following the move to a camps-based Program, through the revitalised Women’s AVL competition format sees the team keen to build on their 9th placing at the 2013 and 2015 Asian Championships. Their historic inclusion in the 2014 Women’s Grand Prix (Division 3) has helped the team improve through additional match experience against quality teams ranked between 13 and 25 in the world.

2016 will see your Women's Volleyroos compete for the third consecutive year in the FIVB Women's World Grand Prix hosting the first round in Wollongong 3-5 June and then travelling to Colombia for the second round from 10-12 June, aiming for the finals in Kazakhstan 17-19 June. In preparation for this event the squad will come together for monthly training camps across the country between January and April, culminating in an extensive training camp at the AIS in May as a lead up to international competition.

 

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