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AOC announces Australian Team for inaugural World Beach Games 

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Doha 2019, World Beach Games

The AOC has announced 40 athletes to represent Australia at the inaugural World Beach Games in Doha next month.

The Qatar 2019 World Beach Games will see more than 1200 athletes from almost 100 nations compete in 14 sports from 12-16 October.

The Australian Team will compete across Beach Volleyball, Karate, Sailing, Swimming, Sport Climbing, Beach Handball and Water Skiing. 

Chef de Mission John Boultbee says the Beach Games is a new concept that gives Australian athletes another stage to compete and develop.

“This is a great opportunity for a number of sports to get competition and profile that often doesn’t come their way,” Boultbee said.

“Apart from looking for results, I am keen to see our athletes involved get very welcome multi-sport team experience, and the opportunity to learn from each other.”

With Sport Climbing and Karate making their Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020, the Games offers a vital opportunity for athletes to gain experience in a multisport environment.

Victorian climber Oceana Mackenzie was thrilled to experience her first international mixed sport event.

“I’m so excited to be selected for the World Beach Games, competing in a multisport comp is something new for our sport,” Mackenzie said.

“The Doha Beach Games will really help me grow as an athlete and give our Team some of that big event experience. 

“Since Sport Climbing was announced as being part of the Tokyo Olympics, there’s such a buzz of excitement – a lot more people are trying the sport and climbing gyms are a lot busier.

“Aussie athletes train so hard and it’s great to get to show off our sport and our work at big global events.”

The first ever World Beach Games offer a new take on the traditional Olympic schedule, showcasing new disciplines for Olympic sports like 4x4 Beach Volleyball, Beach Handball and Kitefoil Sailing.

The Games are organised by the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) and aims to connect the Olympic community with new sporting disciplines centred on the beach.

Team Aus at the ANOC World Beach Games 2019

Beach Handball
  • Nicole Back
  • Tanya Beths
  • Rosa Boyd
  • Heather Cooper
  • Allira Hudson-Gofers
  • Madeleine McAfee
  • Claudia Mitchell
  • Vanja Smiljanic
  • Aline Viana
  • Kayla Zissler
  • Daniel Fogerty
  • Nick Gallaugher
  • Jonathon Morley
  • Chris Mottin
  • Scott Nicholson
  • Christopher Pinder
  • Jon Robson
  • Adis Skopljak
  • John Stock
  • Lucas Turecek
Beach Volleyball 4x4
  • Christie Jenkins
  • Brittany Kendall
  • Johannah Rohkamper
  • Alisha Stevens
  • Stef Weiler
  • Tim Dickson
  • Marcus Ferguson
  • Max Guehrer
  • Jonathon Hunt
  • Mark Nicolaidis
  • Connor O’Neill
  • Marianna Sampani
  • Shaun Yuen
Sailing - Kitesurfing
  • Natalie Flintrop-Clarke
  • Breiana Whitehead
Sport Climbing - Bouldering
  • Oceana Mackenzie
  • Campbell Harrison
Swimming - Open Water 5km
  • Mackenzie Brazier
  • Bailey Armstrong
Waterskiing- Wakeboarding 
  • Cory Jurriaan Teunissen

*Note: Johannah Rohkamper has been added to the Team (Beach Volleyball) after injury withdrawal of Phoebe Bell and Jess Ngauamo.

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