Shepparton, Australia, December 14, 2016 – The city of Shepparton will host an FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour event from March 3 to 5, 2017 and eagerly awaits its chance to host a world-class beach volleyball event.
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“This is going to be a big event for beach volleyball in Australia, and we are incredibly excited to be bringing it to the vibrant sporting community of Shepparton,” Volleyball Australia CEO Mathieu Meriaux said. “We would like to thank the Greater Shepparton City Council and the Victorian Government for their vision and enthusiasm. We are certain this is going to be the start of a long partnership between Volleyball Australia and the city of Shepparton.”
The event will certainly attract many of the top international and Australian male and female players.
“Having international beach volleyball stars competing in Shepparton is sure to inspire local youngsters to follow in their footsteps and embrace healthier and active lifestyles,” Minister for Sport John Eren said.
Australian player Joshua Court welcomed the opportunity to play in a world-class tournament on home soil.
“Because of Australia’s isolation, we have to spend much of the year travelling around the globe if we want to compete with the best,” Court said. “To have the best actually coming to us, and to have the opportunity to take beach volleyball to a new part of Australia is great for our sport. I personally can’t wait to get to Shepparton next year.”
Two temporary purpose-built courts and a warm-up court will be constructed, and a 600-seat grandstand will be built at the Victoria Park Lake precinct.
“The event will see around 3,000 spectators per day spending time and money in Greater Shepparton, a great boost to our business and visitor economy sectors,” city council mayor Dinny Adem said.