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Nationality  British
Weight  70 kg
Height  1.78 m
Role  Beach Volleyball Player
Name  Shauna Mullin

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Born  11 September 1984 (age 31) Johannesburg, South Africa (1984-09-11)
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Shauna Mullin (born 11 September 1984) is a British beach volleyball player, and former Scottish national indoor volleyball player. She was brought up in South Africa and Malaysia, but plays for Scotland and Great Britain. She was chosen as one of the two players to take the home nation qualification spot at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Early life

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Mullin was born in South Africa, and first discovered volleyball while living in Malaysia. Her father was a hotel manager, so Mullin's family moved around a lot while she was a child and she spent time in boarding schools. In 1999, her family moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, she took a master's degree in Management with Business Law at Heriot Watt University. A second master's degree followed, in Marketing at the University of Bath.

Career

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She appeared for the Scottish national volleyball team between 2003 and 2006. While at university she appeared for the British team at the World University Beach Volleyball Championships, and joined the British beach volleyball programme in 2006. She began to compete on the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball in 2007.

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Whilst on the tour, along with her partner Zara Dampney, she sold advertising space on the back of her bikini bottoms, hosting a QR code for bookmaker Betfair. They are otherwise funded by the National Lottery. They competed at the Olympic test event in London, and won all of their group games, but were defeated in the second knockout round by the Brazilian team who went on to win the tournament. During the warm up to the Games, the pair played a demonstration match in Parliament Square, opposite the Houses of Parliament.

They finished in 17th place at the World Championships in 2011, which made them the highest placed British pair. They were knocked out by the reigning Olympic champions, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh.

Dampney and Mullin were awarded the host nation place for the beach volleyball at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, where the events are due to take place on Horse Guards Parade. They will be the first British pair to compete in the sport at an Olympic Games since 1996. As of the announcement that they are to compete in the Olympics, Dampney and Mullins were ranked 37th in the world. They are aiming for a top ten finish at the Games. Unfortunately, although the pairing reached the lucky losers match, they were knocked out by the Austrian pair of Schwaiger and Schwaiger.

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