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Australian Beach Volleyball Schools Cup takes off on Coolangatta Beach

Australian Beach Volleyball Schools Cup takes off on Coolangatta Beach

The opening day of the Australian Beach Volleyball Schools Cup saw schools from around Australia descend on Coolangatta for the first matches of the tournament.

The fourth and final event to start as part of VolleySlam, the tournament hosts school teams teams across 16 divisions, with finals set to take place this Sunday on Coolangatta Beach.

Waverley College from New South Wales is among the list of schools travelling interstate for the competition, sending one team in the Year 10 Boys Pairs division.

Already at Coolangatta for the Australian Youth Beach Volleyball Championships which wrapped up yesterday, Cooper Ryan has been joined by playing partner Guillen Delacueva for the weekend.

“I’m really appreciate to my parents for bringing me here and I’m really proud to be representing Waverley College at this tournament. I can’t wait for all the games this weekend,” said Cooper.

“I was super excited to come back to Coolangatta this year, it’s always a pleasure to play here. It’s such a beautiful location and such a great beach, the view of the Gold Coast in the background is pretty impressive.

“It’s pretty unique to be the only team here from our school and wear these jerseys. Most of the teams here are from Queensland, so to be one of the only teams from New South Wales as well is pretty awesome,” he said.

Cooper won a gold medal at the Australian Beach Volleyball Schools Cup last year and earlier this week won a silver medal in the U17 Boys division at the Australian Youth Beach Volleyball Championships for NSW. 

While he’s hoping for another win, he is excited to develop his skills against some of the best school-aged volleyball players around the country.

“I came to this event last year and was lucky enough to walk away with a gold medal, so I really wanted to come again this year and get another opportunity to play,” he said.

“We’re in year 10 now and the level of competition is pretty good. The games are definitely tougher this year and obviously we’re aiming for the gold but developing our skills is a huge focus for us as well.”

This is the first beach volleyball tournament for Guillen, who is used to playing on an indoor court in the school team that both he and Cooper are a part of.

Cooper invited me to play with him at this tournament a few months ago. I’ve played indoor for our high school but this is my first ever beach tournament, so when he asked me I started training,” said Guillen.

“I was excited when he asked me to play. I’m super keen to represent Waverley College and to do it up here on the Gold Coast is awesome.

“It’s not every day you get the chance to play against other schools, so I’m keen to play over the next few days and hopefully have a shot at a medal.

“I’d love to bring something home for Waverley. We’re known for our Rugby program, so this is such a great opportunity to show that we can play other sports as well.”

Play will continue over the weekend at the Australian Beach Volleyball Schools Cup, with medals set to be decided on Sunday.

Click here for draws and results.

Volleyslam 2024 is supported by Experience Gold Coast and the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland.

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