UKBT crowns beach champions
16th September 2020
Javier & Joaquin Bello and Agnieszka Adamek & Giulia Rastelli (pictured) emerged victorious in the UKBT Wilson Championships Finals.
Held on Sunday, 13th September at SideOut in Leyton, the Finals were the culmination of the 2020 UKBT Wilson Championships.
For the Bellos, ultimate victory in what has been this summer’s biggest beach volleyball tournament in England marked a hat-trick of gold medals in the championships, after also topping the podium on 23rd August and 6th September.
In the final match, they overcame fellow Team England pair Jake Sheaf and Chris Gregory, who had only reformed ahead of the weekend, in three sets (18-21, 21-18, 15-9).
Agnieszka Adamek & Giulia Rastelli have consistently finished within the top three throughout the UKBT Wilson Championships and added another medal to their haul by beating Julia Tokarenko & Maria Sviridova (19-21, 14-21).
Jake Sheaf, beach athlete and UKBT director, said: “The Wilson Championships have been a huge success and without the backing of all our partners we would not have been able to run such a high level series of events.
“I want to thank all of those involved at Volleyball England in helping getting volleyball back, SideOut for hosting the events, our sponsors Wilson, Aloha and Micro and of course the players and staff who showed what a truly resilient and talented community we have. We will be back bigger and better next year!”
Sam Jamieson, Deputy CEO of Volleyball England, said: “At one point this year, the prospect of any beach volleyball competitions taking place in England looked gloomy.
“For working so quickly and diligently to not only organise a programme of events for athletes of any ability to take part in, but to organise these top tier championships I want to congratulate the team at UKBT and say thank you for all of their work in these truly exceptional times.
“Well done to Javier & Joaquin and Agnieszka & Giulia for winning their respective tournaments and to everyone who took part.”
The final standings at the UKBT Wilson Championships Final were as follows:
- 1st Javier Bello & Joaquin Bello
- 2nd Jake Sheaf and Chris Gregory
- 3rd Mark Garcia-Kidd & Jan Joost Van Den Bogert and Issa Batrane & Freddie Bialokoz
- 5th Harry Jones & Matt Hunter and Aldo Rendon & Piotr Kazik
- 1st Agnieszka Adamek & Giulia Rastelli
- 2nd Julia Tokarenko & Maria Sviridova
- 3rd Jess Grimson & Daisy Mumby and Vicky Palmer & Alana Snow
- 5th Eva Holt & Karolina Tokarczyk and Lynne Beattie & Mel Coutts
Head to the UKBT website for details on the remaining tournaments in the beach volleyball calendar: www.ukbeachtour.com/tournaments