1500 Athletes on the Gold Coast For Volleyslam 2023 Beach Volleyball Festival
Volleyslam has returned to the Gold Coast today, with over 1,500 athletes set to compete on Coolangatta Beach for the 10-day Beach Volleyball festival.
Volleyslam 2023 brings together four marquee events from Volleyball Australia that includes the premier Australian Beach Volleyball Championships, the Scape Australian Youth Beach Volleyball Championships, the Scape Australian Beach Volleyball Schools Cup, and the Volleyball World Coolangatta Beach Pro Tour Futures event.
With qualifications starting today and finals to be held on Sunday 26 March, the Australian Championships are the last stop on the domestic Australian Beach Volleyball Tour with the National champions and overall Tour leaders set to be crowned.
The Australian Championships will be followed by two junior competitions that will attract school-aged students from across Australia, designed to give the next generation of players the opportunity to showcase their talent on the sand that will play host to the Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games in 9 years’ time.
Following its debut on the international calendar last year, the Coolangatta Beach Pro Tour Futures event will round out the festival from 29 March – 2 April, attracting players from Japan, USA, Canada, Sweden, Germany, France, China, Thailand, Vanuatu, Tuvalu and New Zealand to compete against a number of top Australian teams.
Volleyball Australia CEO Andrew Dee said it is fantastic to see Volleyslam return to a beach that’s become synonymous with world-class beach volleyball events.
“Last year was the first time we hosted the Volleyslam festival with all four major events which was a resounding success,” Dee said.
“To have the Scape Australian Youth Beach Volleyball Championships and Scape Australian Beach Schools Cup on at the same time as the Australian Championships and Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour creates an incredible opportunity for Australia’s future beach volleyball stars to learn from some of the best in the world.
“With the Gold Coast set to host the beach volleyball competition for the 2032 Olympic Games, it provides us with a great opportunity to bring together the next generation of volleyballers as we continue to provide opportunities to identify talent that have the potential to represent Australia on the world stage,” he said.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate welcomed the athletes to Coolangatta Beach.
“It’s fantastic to see VolleySlam return to the spiritual home of beach volleyball,” said Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.
“I’m delighted the 10-day festival remains free as it provides incredible entertainment for visitors on and off the courts.
“Major Events Gold Coast and Volleyball Australia deserve applause for bringing together the country’s best beach volleyballers with four separate championship trophies up for grabs. It’s showtime.”
The World Beach Pro Tour Futures and Volleyslam Gold Coast is supported by Major Events Gold Coast and the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland, and features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.
- Australia Beach Volleyball Championships: 24 – 26 March 2023
- Scape Australian Youth Beach Volleyball Championships: 27 – 30 March 2023
- Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour Futures: 29 March – 2 April 2023
- Scape Australian Beach Volleyball Schools Cup: 31 March – 2 April 2023