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- Updated: July 11, 2014
Beach Volleyball in South Africa has been catapulted into the stratosphere after the successful hosting of the final leg of the 2013 FIVB World Beach Volleyball Championship at Durban’s New Beach last December.
Volleyball South Africa’s (VSA) Beach Volleyball co-ordinator, Gershon Rorich, announced that as a direct spin-off from the success of the FIVB event, Johannesburg based company Sports 4 U has come on board with a massive sponsorship to sustain beach volleyball over the next five years.
Rorich, who represented the African continent with Colin Pocock at the 2004 Athens Olympics beach volleyball competition, was pivotal in sealing the sponsorship with Sport 4 U, who will be showcasing SAB’s newly launched product ÔÇ£Flying FishÔÇØ┬á at the eight national events, the first of which will be staged at Durban’s North Beach from 18-20 July.
Said Rorich: ÔÇ£Beach volleyball in our country will be soaring to new heights with the eight-event R 70,000 ÔÇ£Flying FishÔÇØ National Beach Volleyball Series which gives every participant a chance of walking away with a slice of the prize money.ÔÇØ
Rorich went on to say that even before the official launch of the ÔÇ£Flying FishÔÇØ national event social media was abuzz with excitement and already a record number of entries has been registered for the Durban leg.
According to Rorich, as an added incentive the top four teams in both genders will be given free flights and accommodation to get to the next ÔÇ£Flying FishÔÇØ event.
Topping the men’s category will be the 2016 Rio Olympic Games hopefuls, Grant Goldschmidt and Leo Williams, a tall and strongly built blocker who parted ways with his long-time volleyball partner Jerome Fredericks.
And 2012 London beach volleyball Olympian, Freedom Chiya will be strutting his stuff on the Durban shores with his new teammae, Clint Stemmet who participated in the qualifying round of the 2013 FIVB event in Durban with KZN youngster Jamine Naidoo. This time round Naidoo has teamed up with former SA national team middle blocker, Kershen Govender.
In the women’s category the long standing partnership of Palesa Sekhonyana and Randy Williams rate as favourites to make it to the podium as the gold medallists in the opening leg of the ‘Flying Fish’ champs in Durban.
Hot on the heels of Sekhonyana and Williams will be Cape Town youngsters Christin Delcarme and Liezel Petersen and Sheena Abrahams and Dieke Hessels who also participated in the qualifying round of the FIVB event in Durban last year.