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Beach Volleyball Champs Aim High

Beach Volleyball Champs Aim High

Beach Volleyball Champs Aim High

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Students from Spotswood College proved they had game when it comes to beach volleyball - and some of them now have a chance to compete in the Youth Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas.

Libby Houghton and Hikaru Han won the division 1 senior girls' title at the New Zealand secondary schools national championships, while Keegan Joe and Meli Naborisi finished first in the junior boys' event.

In addition, David Jeffrey and Jonah Nabrosi finished fourth in the NZ senior boys' division, Harry Younger and Luke Cocker finished 12th in the NZ junior boys division 1 and Neme Faga and Kobe Watson were second in the junior boys division 2.

They were among 144 teams at the event, which was held at Mt Manganui last weekend.

Coach Anthony Joe, known as A.J., said he was delighted with the young players' success.

"It's a pretty popular summer sport with growing numbers," he said. "There was quite strong competition in this national championships.

"Hikaru and Libby spent five days a week training.

"Our senior boys did really well, but they were just unlucky. They just missed out on a bronze."

In April Libby, Hikaru, Keegan and a fourth student, Tana Milton, will be trying for places in the Youth Commonwealth Games qualifiers.

"If they win that they get to go to the Bahamas," A.J. said.

There are four teams in each division, and A.J. thought his students' chance of success was high.

"There are one or two girls' teams that are very strong, but Libby and Hikaru are good.

"They'll be close. Very close."

 - Taranaki Daily News

ANDREW OWEN