Just over 12 months ago, Australia won two medals in the Beach Volleyball at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast
Beach Volleyball emerged from the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast as one of the most dynamic sports in terms of athletic ability and spectator engagement.
Forty-eight athletes from 16 nations took part, with 12 men’s and 12 women’s teams competing in Beach Volleyball’s Commonwealth Games debut, in front of capacity crowds on the Coolangatta beachfront. This provided the perfect backdrop.
Australia finished equal first, alongside Canada, in the beach volleyball medal tally, with victory for Australia in the men’s, while Canada won the women’s.
In the men’s, Australia’s Chris McHugh and Damien Schumann defeated the Canadian pair of Sam Pedlow and Sam Schacter in three tough sets in the gold medal game. While in the women’s final, the Canadian combination of Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan accounted for Australia’s Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy in two sets for the gold medal.
In the wake of the success of the sport’s debut at the Commonwealth Games in Australia, the hope is that it will be part of the program in Birmingham in 2022.