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Olympic Information

  • 2008 Beijing - 5th (Beach Volleyball)
  • 2000 Sydney- 9th (Indoor Volleyball)

Recent Performances

  • 1st - 2012 Continental Cup (Fuzhou, China)
  • 25th - 2012 FIVB Rome World Tour (Rome, Italy)
  • 9th - 2012 FIVB Moscow World Tour (Moscow, Russia)
  • 9th - 2012 FIVB Beijing World Tour (Beijing, China)
  • 9th - 2012 FIVB Shanghai World Tour (Shanghai, China)
  • 17th - 2012 FIVB Sanya World Tour (Sanya, China)
  • 25th - 2012 FIVB Brasilia World Tour (Brasilia, Brazil)
  • 9th - 2011 FIVB Phuket World Tour (Phuket, Thailand)

Career Highlights

  • Playing at the 2008 Beijing Olympics 2008 for my country in front of my family and friends. It was so much fun and worth every bead of sweat it took to get there.
  • Winning the 2007 FIVB World Tour Seoul Open.
  • Winning three consecutive Australian Championships from 2006-08.

Interesting Facts

  • Growing up on a small farm outside Ballarat, Tamsin Hinchley (nee Barnett) was an accomplished rower at high school, winning silver in the schoolgirls open four at the 1997 Australian Championships, the same year that she played in her first indoor volleyball nationals. The following year, she moved to the AIS in a bid to make the indoor volleyball team for the Olympics. She was successful and made the team that competed in Sydney, finishing 9th.
  • After the Sydney Games, Hinchley began her professional career in Europe, playing in both Germany and Spain for two years, becoming the first Australian woman to win a European league championship when her team Scweriner SC won the German National League. Between 1998 and 2005, she also played over 250 internationals including the World Championships.
  • Hinchley tore her meniscus in 2003 whilst playing in Spain and returned to Australia for surgery. She was then unable to play on hard boards so turned her attention to the beach, starting to play at St Kilda in Melbourne in 2004. Within a year she was competing on the FIVB World Tour and in the same year won three Australian Tour events with partner Summer Lochowicz.
  • Hinchley paired up with Nat Cook in 2005, winning the National Titles and then going on to take out the 2007 Seoul Open - their third Wolrd Tour event together. Hinchley was named the 2007 Most Improved Player on the FIVB World Tour. Hinchley and Cook competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, going down in the quarter-finals to finish fifth.
  • In 2009, Hinchley married and had a baby boy Arley. In the lead up to London, Hinchley's husband and son lived in Melbourne, whilst Hinchley trained in Adelaide and spent a lot of time on tour. After trying some other partner combinations, Cook and Hinchley joined together again in 2011 and despite making the top 16 to gain automatic qualification for the Games, the pair won the Continental Cup in China to book their spot in London.


Years on national team



Steve Anderson (2011 - current)
Andrew Schactt (2011)

Primary Training Base

Adelaide, Australia

Secondary Training Base

Melbourne, Australia


Victorian Institute of Sport, Melbourne



Napoleons Primary School (VIC, Australia)


Ballarat and Queens Anglican Grammar School (VIC, Australia)


Bachelor of Arts (Communications and Asian Studies) - Griffith University (1998 - 2008)

Beach Volleyball Team

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