Three major international events and an Asian tour event are the highlights of the biggest season in Australian beach volleyball since the Sydney Olympics, and it all kicks off later this month.
Over the next 12 months, helloworld Volleyroos and many of the world’s leading players will play on beaches the length and breadth of Australia.
Following on from the very successful inaugural Volleyfest in 2015, Sydney’s Manly Beach will once again host top level world beach volleyball, when it hosts an FIVB women’s World Tour event from March 17-19.
An international invitational for men will follow on March 21-22, and then the Australian Beach Volleyball Tour Finals will cap off the 2017 Volleyfest from March 24-26.
Other exciting initiatives in 2017 will include an FIVB World Tour event for both men and women in the Victorian city of Shepparton on March 3-5, and an eagerly anticipated return to Cairns for an Asian tour event in October.
A new Australian ranking system will be rolled out for this season, providing an opportunity for all registered Australian beach volleyball players to achieve a national ranking.
Many of those players will be in action at Manly Beach on December 17-18 for the NSW Open, the first major event on this season’s calendar.
The tour will then head to Adelaide’s Glenelg Beach on January 14-15 for the SA Open, and then to the Gold Coast for the Qld Open on January 27-29.
The WA Open at Scarborough Beach on February 3-5 will be the final tour event before the Manly finals in March.
Also on this season’s calendar will be the Australian U23 Beach Volleyball Championships, to be held at the site of the 2018 Commonwealth Games beach volleyball competition, Coolangatta, and the Australian Junior Beach Volleyball Championships at Scarborough Beach from April 6-9.
The NSW Beach Volleyball Schools Cup will be held in conjunction with the Sydney Invitational event at Manly Beach on March 21-22.
Events Manager for Volleyball Australia, Baz Wedmaier, said the next 12 months will be an exciting time for Australian beach volleyball fans.
“Over the next 12 months we will be taking our great sport to all corners of Australia,” Mr Wedmaier said.
“We’ll be showcasing not just the wonderful athletes we have here in Australia and our visitors from overseas, but also putting on events that are much more than just sporting spectacles.
“Beach volleyball events in Australia are famous for their party atmosphere, and we can guarantee fans are going to love what they see.
“And with the introduction of several major international events, it sets us up well in Australia as we prepare for the debut of beach volleyball at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.”
For more information on beach volleyball events in Australia for the next 12 months, visit www.volleyballaustralia.org.