Kiwi’s like popularity at Beach Volleyball Youth Olympic Games
Nanjing, China, August 23, 2014 - Like most of the athletes participating at the Beach Volleyball venue at the Nanjing Sports Park Complex, Nate Moore and Kahurangi Robinson of New Zealand are enjoying the attention they have been receiving from the Chinese volunteers and fans.
“It’s amazing, I never thought I would be so popular.” said the 17-year-old Robinson. “Everybody here wants to take pictures with us, and their strong enthusiasm has really touched us a lot.”
These special moment have also been recorded on the Kiwi’s Facebook pages - “Kahurangi Robinson and Nate Moore NZL Beach Volleyball”. “We update our page everyday, it is a record of this journey, and we can share our happiness with our friends,” said the 18-year-old Moore. “It is a good review of our experiences in Nanjing, on-and-off the sand.”
By posting a 3-2 match mark, Moore and Robinson finished third in Pool B to start the Beach Volleyball competition at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympics to advance to Sunday’s opening elimination rounds where the Kiwi’s play Surin Jongklang and Banlue Nakprakhong of Thailand in the morning session.
If successful in their first elimination match, Moore and Robinson will advance to a Sunday evening meeting against Marco Cairus and Mauricio Vieyto of Uruguay, the Pool A champions and the top-seeded team in final phase of the Youth Olympics.
“So far, we have been pleased with our performance,” said Robinson about his team’s appearance in the FIVB-sanctioned event. “When we lose, we get frustrated. But then we realize we are still very new to this game along with playing internationally for the first-time. We just need to continue to play hard and eliminate our mistakes for the remaining matches.”
In an article on a New Zealand web site, it reported Robinson had been spending every weekend with the Moore family preparing to represent New Zealand in the Youth Olympics. With Darrell Boyd coaching the pair, the Kiwis had been practicing in all types of weather.
“Kahurangi and I get along very well,” said Moore about playing with his partner. “We are very similar and we never have arguments.”
In the web article, it noted that Robinson had only been in the Beach Volleyball system two years and had a “remarkable standing vertical leap record of 81cm at a nationwide talent camp.”