Congratulations to Harbour athletes Ryan Gunn (Rangitoto College), Brittany Allison-Carnie (Long Bay College) and Katie Sadlier (Westlake Girls HS) who are set to represent NZ in China in July. After competing in some of the summer events led by Volleyball NZ, including the summer beach tour, NZ secondary schools and NZ age groups, these athletes have been selected to compete on the international stage against a number of heavyweights in the beach volleyball world including Brazil, Germany and the host country China. All of the athletes have experience playing overseas but the World Champs will definitely require everything to be going to plan for success.
Harbour based, New Zealand U19 girls coach Fiona Scrimshaw attests to the step up required for the athletes but knows that by the time the teams arrive in China for the World Champs in July they will have done everything possible to be prepared as they work closely together as coach and athletes to fine tune their physical and mental skills. “The challenge ahead though is not just the competition, but training everyday through winter”, says Scrimshaw “and then heading to a venue where temperatures will be well over 30”. The region is fortunate though to have the beach volleyball facility in Mairangi Bay for athletes to train at. “The athlete’s commitment is impressive” states Scrimshaw “but for other countries, this is their national game and their resources are virtually unlimited. That always makes it difficult for New Zealanders, but we are going there to impress”.