13 Jan 2019
South Australian talent has scooped the pool at last weekend's South Australian Beach Volleyball Open finals as the tournament wrapped up a nine-day beach volleyball festival at Glenelg.
Commonwealth gold medallist Chris McHugh and fellow South Australian Zach Schubert beat Western Australia’s Paul Burnett and fellow South Australian Max Guehrer.
The win is testament to South Australia’s pathway programs, with Chris McHugh starting his career in a local Spikezone primary school competition.
Volleyball South Australia General Manager Anne-Marie McAinsh said it was wonderful to see Chris’s development into one of the world’s best players.
The bronze medal went to McHugh’s Commonwealth Games gold-medal partner Damien Schumann (Victoria) and Cole Durant (Western Australia).
In the women’s competition, Commonwealth Games silver medallists and hot favourites Taliqua Clancy (Queensland) and Mariafe Artacho Del Solar (New South Wales) beat Phoebe Bell (Queensland) and Jess Ngauamo (Queensland).
This is the first SA Open title for the partnership.
The bronze medal went to South Australia’s own Brittany Kendall and her partner Stefanie Weiler (Victoria).
The South Australian Beach Volleyball Open is part of the South Australian Beach Volleyball Series, which sees over 700 teams play throughout each summer for SA tour points, national tour points and prize money.
The SA Open is an important step towards selection and preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for Australian beach volleyball athletes, many of whom are based at the Australian Beach Volleyroos training centre at the South Australian Sport Institute at Kidman Park.
The nation’s longest-running beach volleyball tournament has capped off a nine-day beach volleyball festival.
Event organiser, Volleyball South Australia’s Karla Della Pietra, said that the festival had been a resounding success.
“We’ve been able to showcase our fun and exciting sport to South Australia and we’ve had such a positive reaction from all the people who got involved.”