England athletes bank £72,000 for B2022 medal preparations
14th July 2021
Four of England's top beach volleyball pairs have each secured £18,000 in a major boost to their Birmingham 2022 medal preparations.
On the sands of Canford Cliffs Beach, Poole, crowds were treated to a feast of beach volleyball at the weekend as the country's top 10 teams locked horns at our Commonwealth Games Funding Tournament.
After three days, Daisy Mumby & Jess Grimson (pictured) and Katie Keefe & Isabelle Tucker emerged victorious in the four-team women's contest. Issa Batrane & Freddie Bialokoz and Javier & Joaquin Bello overcame their English rivals in the six-team men's competition.
Although the competition results do not decide on who will represent England at next year's home Games - that will happen in 2022 - the winnings will open opportunities for the victors.
Ultimately the goal for England is to better results from the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast by medalling in both the women's and men's beach volleyball competitions in Birmingham next year.
Project Lead Mark Garcia-Kidd was Volleyball England's technical delegate for the event. He said: "Congratulations to Daisy, Jess, Katie, Isabelle, Issa, Freddie, Javier and Joaquin. The competition was fierce, and in some cases, results were decided by narrow point margins, which shows that England has such a talented bunch of beach volleyball athletes at its disposal.
"Thank you to Deep Dish, our National Technical Officers and all of the volunteers who made the event possible."