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MORE FUTURES SUCCESS FOR FIVB VOLLEYBALL EMPOWERMENT SUPPORTED AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

MORE FUTURES SUCCESS FOR FIVB VOLLEYBALL EMPOWERMENT SUPPORTED AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

Fejes & Milutinovic defend Coolangatta gold, Burnett & Pearse and Reid & McManaway take men’s silver and bronze

  • Australian beach volleyball has received CHF 180,000 of Volleyball Empowerment coach support
  • New Zealand’s beach volleyball has been allocated CHF 280,000 of Volleyball Empowerment support
  • Australia’s Fejes & Milutinovic defend Coolangatta Futures women’s trophy
  • Australia’s Burnett & Pearse and New Zealand’s Reid & McManaway line up with men’s silver and bronze
  • Teams from Canada, USA and Japan collect remaining medals

FIVB Volleyball Empowerment beneficiaries Stefanie Fejes & Jana Milutinovic of Australia (pictured in the main photo; credits: Rogue Gun Photography) defended their women’s Coolangatta crown from 2023, repeating their success at the 2024 edition of the Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour Futures event. Their win made it three podiums in a row for the pair since the start of the season, after also winning a Mollymook Futures gold and a Mount Maunganui Futures silver. Meanwhile, their compatriots Paul Burnett & Jack Pearse and New Zealand’s Thomas Reid & John McManaway, who also receive support from the Volleyball Empowerment programme, took silver and bronze, respectively, in last week’s men’s tournament in Australia.

Alaina Chacon & Mariah Whalen of the USA continued their climb from the fourth place in Mollymook and the third place in Mount Maunganui to a second place finish in Coolangatta. Suzuka Hashimoto & Reika Murakami of Japan completed the women’s podium. In the men’s competition, Jake MacNeil & Alexander Russell of Canada picked up the gold medal, the pair’s second ever medal in the Coolangatta competition. MacNeil and Russell picked up their first-ever world-level medal with a Coolangatta Futures second place two years ago.

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Volleyball Australia has so far been allocated a total of CHF 180,000 worth of coach support for their national beach volleyball teams. Australian Olympian and 2007 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship bronze medallist Joshua Slack is in charge of the women’s duos, while Joey Yigit is at the helm of the country’s men’s pairs.

New Zealand’s beach volleyball has been granted a total of CHF 252,000 of Volleyball Empowerment coach support, in addition to CHF 28,000 worth of beach volleyball equipment. Jason Lochhead has been coaching the country’s national teams since 2021.

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