Thursday, 18 April 2024

International Volleyball



Liz Hanna has been selected in High Performance Sport New Zealand’s Te Hāpaitanga scholarship programme. Photo by Julie Maree Photography.


Volleyball New Zealand’s newly appointed NZ U-19 Beach coach Liz Hanna has been awarded a position in High Performance Sport New Zealand’s Te Hāpaitanga scholarship programme. 

One of 10 candidates chosen from 29 applications, Hanna is part of the 18-month Women in High-Performance coach development programme. It is the first time volleyball has been represented in the programme.

Designed to grow the talent pool of emerging and future women High-Performance coaches, Te Hāpaitanga targets aspiring coaches who are currently coaching at a pre-Performance level with aims to coach High Performance.

This opportunity gives Hanna access to Individual needs analysis coaching 360, access to the WHIPS network, professional practice residentials, guided observations and feedback by HPSNZ mentors.

Hanna says the scholarship allows her to observe High-Performance environments such as the Beach Pro Tour Futures event which will provide insight into tactics, player relationships, team dynamics and review.

“Observing HP coaching specific to beach in real time is priceless. Having the ability to follow up with the coaches afterwards will add a lot of value,” Hanna said. 

“Initially I plan to use the funds to relieve financial pressures and time around planning and coaching the upcoming Asian Championship campaign. Then I will be looking long term to continue opportunities to work alongside a variety of High-Performance coaches.”

Led by Jody Cameron, the process which selected the candidates for the programme is interested in the make-up of the support network from the National Sports Organisation for the applicant.

“Applications clearly reflect strong team support from within NSO’s and a real belief in the importance of women coach development to create sustainable progress in this critical area,” Cameron said.

Hanna is also a member of the new C.O.D-E F women’s coach development programme led by Kim Smith. She has sought mentorship from Mark Temeer, both of whom recently accepted the opportunity to shadow Jason Lochhead at the recent G.J. Gardner Homse NZ Beach Tour presented by Tip Top.

Smith reflects on Hanna’s journey in coaching, particularly her approach.

“Liz is currently interested in lifting performance through developing the ‘want to compete’. She is looking to…

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