Iconic Great Keppel Island lands inaugural Volleyball Australia Masters Beach Volleyball Championships
Today marks one year to go to the inaugural Australian Masters Beach Volleyball Championships, which are set to take place on Great Keppel Island, QLD from 26 – 30 August, 2023.
With the Championships unable to be held this year due to COVID restrictions, 2023 will mark the first time Volleyball Australia (VA) have run a national Masters Beach Volleyball Championships.
When nominations open in May next year, teams will be able to enter across the men’s and women’s pairs, men’s and women’s fours, mixed pairs and mixed fours division, with the following age groups available: 30+, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+ and 60+.
VA CEO Andrew Dee said he is thrilled to see a new event for Volleyball Australia’s highly active and engaged masters division.
“The Australian Masters Beach Volleyball Championships is shaping up to be a fantastic event, and there is no better place to host the first edition than the beautiful Great Keppel Island,” Dee said.
“With so many fantastic opportunities on the 2022/2023 Volleyball Australia event calendar, we’re thrilled to be able to offer an event exclusively for our masters athletes.
“I’d like to thank Livingstone Shire Council, Great Keppel Island Hideaway and Tourism and Events Queensland for their ongoing support and look forward to seeing everyone at the event in August next year,” he said.
Livingstone Shire Mayor, Andy Ireland, said it’s exciting to see Great Keppel Island chosen to host the national championships.
“We love our active and outdoor lifestyle here in Livingstone and so what better place to hold the Australian Masters Beach Volleyball Championships than on Great Keppel Island with its pristine white sandy beaches,” Mayor Ireland said.
“This event will help promote Livingstone Shire and Great Keppel Island as a wonderful tourist destination, with competitors and spectators coming from across the country.
“Council is proud to help sponsor this event which will bring benefits to our region in so many ways.”
Great Keppel Island Hideaway General Manager Kelly Harris said he can’t wait to welcome the masters volleyball community to Great Keppel Island.
“Great Keppel Island Hideaway is honoured to host the Australian Masters Beach Volleyball Championships in 2023 and is excited to show off Great Keppel Island’s natural beauty,” Harris said.
“The Championships will be played on Fisherman’s Beach, one of the island’s 17 white sandy beaches, with Keppel’s famous crystal clear, turquoise water in the background.
“Planning is well underway to assure the entertainment following each breathtaking sunset is as memorable as the scenery itself. We can’t wait,” he said.
The 2023 Australian Beach Volleyball Masters Championships is proudly supported by the Queensland Government, through Tourism and Events Queensland, and features on the It’s Live! in Queenslandevents calendar.
Entries for the inaugural event will open on Monday 1 May, 2023, but participants can secure their accommodation packages from today, Friday 26 August.
VA, in collaboration with Great Keppel Island Hideaway are offering cost effective three and six night package deals which include:
- 3 or 6 nights of accommodation
- 3 meals per day (select from the menu)
- Entry into 2 playing divisions for 3 night packages
- Entry into 4 playing divisions for 6 night packages
- Return ferry transfers
- Nightly entertainment
As an early bird special, any 6-night packages booked and paid for in full before 31 December 2022 will receive an extra night accommodation FREE (Thursday night – 31/8/23). Secure your package before the end of the year to make the most of this exclusive offer.
For more information, head to https://masters.volleyball.org.au/