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New Zealand beach volleyball team start 2013 Asian Tour

Sam O'Dea fight over the net against Martin Laciga from Switzerland in the 2012 Shanghai Grand Slam

Auckland, New Zealand, March 29, 2013 - The first of New Zealand’s High Performance Beach Volleyball athletes left on Friday to begin the Asian Tour.

Brendon Heath (34), originally from Nelson and Sam O’Dea (22) from Mt Maunganui are hoping to dominate the beach volleyball action after their success last summer.

The number one men’s team will compete in the Thailand National Beach Volleyball Championships in Kalasin from the April 1 to 5 with the objective of continuing their successful partnership on international soil.

The number two men’s team of Jason Lochhead (29) and Ben O’Dea (20) from Mt Maunganui, and the reigning women’s national champions Julia Tilley (23) and Shaunna Polley (19) from Waikato will join O’Dea and Heath on April 6 in Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam.

With five Asian Tour wins, one World Tour bronze medal and a top five Asian Tour win, New Zealand has the potential to dominate the ranks and is looking for a solid start to the Olympic qualification process for Rio with the points gained from the tour.


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