Hundreds enjoy beach tour 2017/18
9th October 2018
As the summer weather started to fade, the Volleyball England Beach Tour (VEBT) reached its conclusion with hundreds of people having enjoyed competitive beach volleyball during the season.
The blazing sunshine has seen over 450 players compete on the tour this year. The participation rate has been one of the biggest success stories for the VEBT in recent years with the tour welcoming players of all abilities and experiences.
More people are able to take the opportunity to play on the sand and this year saw 19 events, with 198 women and 264 men playing competitive beach volleyball.
Champions on the sand
With each event offering ranking points for individual players, all the players were battling to top the leader boards in the men’s and women’s Champions Race.
Lisa Canevari was crowned Queen of the Beach as she topped the women’s Champions Race competition by 32 points. While Francesco Rizzo took the top honour in the men’s competition as he won the Champions Race by 26 points.
“I’d like to be the first person to congratulate our 2017/18 champions,” says Jonathan Moore, competitions and events coordinator at Volleyball England.
“It was good to have hundreds of men and women playing on the sand again this year. The tiered event system has been embraced by our event organisers which provides the ideal platform for players to find the right competitive opportunity for them.
“Previously, the focus was on the performance end of the pyramid but in the last two seasons we’ve changed our model of operation to make beach volleyball accessible to everyone in our core market. We’ll be looking to build on the VEBT for next year to give more opportunities to the whole volleyball community.”
You can view the full final Champions Race standings across the men's and women's competition.