The successful staging of this year’s Continental Beach Volleyball Cup in Cairns has already created a legacy, with the Far North Queensland council voting this week to make the sand courts a permanent fixture.
The exciting news means Australia has another world-class beach venue where it can host major international, national and local events.
The best beach volleyballers in Asia competed in the Continental Cup in June, which also doubled as an Olympic qualifying event.
The Cairns Regional Council gave approval for 1240 tonnes of sand to be especially trucked in to the city’s picturesque Esplanade, and allowed temporary stands to be erected.
The event was televised live throughout Australia and Asia, with local organisers and Volleyball Australia thrilled with the success of the weekend.
Cairns Regional Council agreed following the event to keep the temporary courts in place, and has now given the go-ahead to make the four beach courts permanent.
“Everyone involved with the Continental Cup was incredibly impressed with the venue, and also the professionalism and enthusiasm of the Cairns Regional Council and the general public,” Volleyball Australia CEO, Mathieu Meriaux, said.
“It is such great news for our sport that Cairns Regional Council has agreed to make the venue permanent. It’s a vote of confidence in the future of beach volleyball, and will build on the already strong relationship the sport has with the Cairns region.
“This is an exciting time for beach volleyball in Australia, with several major events planned in the coming years. This decision by the Cairns Regional Council puts the city in a strong position to capitalise on the growth of the sport.”
The existing courts will be upgraded to cater for other beach events, with the council promising to fast-track work so it will be ready to host beach volleyball events from October next year.