August 14, 2014 (PARKSVILLE, BC) – For the next three days more than 170 youth beach volleyball players will be in Parksville, BC, for the 2014 Beach National Championships. Starting on Friday, teams aged 14 to 18 will be playing numerous matches in hopes of reaching Sunday’s gold medal rounds.
The Western Beach National Championships are being held at the beautiful Parksville Waterfront Community Park where 26 volleyball courts have been set up to accommodate the large tournament including a feature court with music, spectator seating, and live video stream.
Local Parksville businesses such as The Beach Club Resort have partnered with Volleyball BC and Volleyball Canada to accommodate the large number of participants and their families.
Teams will be competing in pool play rounds on Friday and Saturday, which will be used to rank the teams going into Sunday’s knockout rounds. In each age division, teams will compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals.
There should be some exciting matches, especially with 2013 medalists coming back in new age groups. Last year’s 14U girls champions Daneille Wood/Janelle Loewen have moved up to the 16U division and the 2013 16U girls silver and bronze medalists Darby Dunn/Tessa Neil and Nini Breukels/Tamara Clarke respectively are returning in the 18U division.
The event features partners and sponsors including Sport Canada, ViaSport, Vancouver Island University, RE7, Maui and Sons, Travel Roller, Wilson, and The Beach Club Resort. Vendors will be set up at the beach to display products and provide samples to participants and attendees.
For those not able to attend the event, a live broadcast of feature court matches will be streamed online Saturday and Sunday.
Toronto will play host to the Eastern Youth National Championships (14U, 15U, 16U, 18U, 22U), as well as Senior and 21U National Championships on August 22nd-24th in 2014.
2014 Beach National Championships
Dates: August 15, 16, 17
Location: Parksville, BC – Parksville Waterfront Community Park
Time: 9am to 4pm daily, Pacific
Live Stream: www.volleyballbc.org/beach-nationals-live-stream
Volleyball BC would like to thank Hosting BC, the Province of BC and ViaSport for their support of this event. A $5,000 Hosting BC grant was received from the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and administered by ViaSport British Columbia.
Media contact in Parksville, Dave Brewin, Volleyball BC