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Volleyball New Zealand International Beach Tour confirmed for 2014

Micah Lindsay-Brown (New Zealand) and Chantal Laboureur (Germany) at the 2013 New Zealand Open held in Mt Maunganui

Wellington, New Zealand, December 10, 2013 - Volleyball New Zealand announced that the 2014 International Beach Volleyball Tour will be held from January 17 to February 2 and will feature three main events.

The first leg will be held in Mairangi Bay (Auckland) from January 17 to 19, the second in Lake Karapiro (Waikato) from January 24 to 26 and the last in Mt Maunganui (Bay of Plenty) from January 31 to February 2.

These events are the pinnacle of beach volleyball in the country and have attracted international teams of high calibre, including world champions and other top ten world ranked teams. This not only provides a great spectacle for the fans of beach volleyball but also gives top domestic athletes invaluable experience against world class opponents. The beach tour is also used as a bench mark to rank teams for the Asian Beach Volleyball Tour.

Volleyball New Zealand is now accepting expressions of interest from all international teams interested in competing on the New Zealand Tour this season. The tour director will also be facilitating international training camps in all three centres and can work with athletes to ensure that teams can find accommodation and training groups.

The New Zealand Tour is internationally regarded as a competitive training opportunity as well as an excellent social and cultural experience during the Northern Hemisphere winter. New Zealand’s summer climate is ideal for beach volleyball with temperatures in the low to mid 20’s (Celsius) and light breezes.

Mairangi Bay has developed into one of the top training venues in the country with access to a number of New Zealand’s top coaches. An international standard beach volleyball facility has been built alongside Lake Karapirthe. Mt Maunganui is regarded by many of the professional beach volleyball players as the best training location in the world. The famous Main Beach lies at the base of “The Mount” (or Mauao).

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