The VA Board has ratified the following selections for the Asian Beach Volleyball Championships to be held in Satun, Thailand in September as recommended by the Beach Volleyball Selection Committees:



Mariafe Artacho del Solar/Taliqua Clancy

Jessyka Ngauamo/Phoebe Bell

Nikki Laird/Britt Kendall




Chris McHugh/Zac Schubert

Damien Schumann/Cole Durant

Marcus Ferguson/Tim Dickson



Max Guehrer and Paul Burnett have been named as reserves for the men, and Stef Weiler and Bec Ingram as reserves for the women, in case of injury.

The Championships will be held from 24th to 28th September in Satun, southern Thailand.

High Performance Director John Boultbee said “We have six strong teams entered in these championships, which are of special importance to the players and to VA. This is a real opportunity to get several Australians on the podium, as well as gaining important AVC and FIVB points for Olympic Qualification, with the qualification period just opening on September 1st. Its not easy to do well at the Asian Championships because of the increasing competitiveness of many Asian nations in Beach Volleyball. We have Chris McHugh, Damien Schumann, Taliqua Clancy, Nikki Laird and Phoebe Bell returning as medal winners from last year – McHugh and Schumann won bronze, Clancy won gold with Louise Bawden and Laird and Bell won bronze. But all the teams we are sending have a number of World Tour events under their belts from the last few months, and the motivation will be high to achieve our podium ambitions. The selections have been mainly based on the current FIVB entry points the players have gained through their efforts over the past year. ”