MEDIA RELEASE - RE: GOLD COAST SAND QUALITY


MEDIA RELEASE Wednesday 20 December, 2017

VOLLEYBALL AUSTRALIA RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS RE: GOLD COAST SAND QUALITY

Volleyball Australia today announced that it is fully aware and supports the International Beach Volleyball Federation’s (Fédération Internationale de Volleyball, FIVB) ruling for the need to bring in sand for the GC2018 beach volleyball competition so as to meet the specific technical requirements.

Spokesperson for Volleyball Australia Steve Hart said “This is nothing new or a big surprise. There are precedents all over the world and here in Australia where sand is brought in to ensure the coarseness of the sand meets international standards for Beach Volleyball. “

“The simple fact is that the Gold Coast sand is beautiful and pristine but too fine for elite international Beach Volleyball competition.”

GOLDOC have released their own statement and Volleyball Australia completely supports this statement as follows.

GOLDOC deputy CEO Brian Nourse said:

"The atmosphere at the beach volleyball competition at Coolangatta’s Queen Elizabeth Park will be incredible.

"The advice from the FIVB is that the sand at Coolangatta and surrounds is so fine that it requires a mix of coarseness to ensure that the athletes have a safe playing surface consistent with the requirements of the Federation.

"That is why arrangements are currently underway to secure a coarser sand - approximately 1,000-1200 tonnes for the competition and warm up courts and an additional 500-520 tonnes for the Runaway Bay training courts.

"GOLDOC has assessed that there are potential suppliers of the sand in the Brisbane, the Gold Coast and wider South East Queensland region and negotiations for supply are continuing.

"Through these arrangements, we will provide the best and safest playing surfaces to meet the necessary international standards for the best beach volleyball athletes of the Commonwealth.”