Kamloops Gains International Standard Beach Volleyball Facility

Kamloops, BC– Expansion of the Beach Volleyball facility at Overlander Park began early this week. The City of Kamloops and BA Dawson Blacktop have partnered to develop the facility which will be used during the Kamloops 2011 Western Canada Summer Games. The total estimated cost of the project is $35,000, all of which has generously been donated by Bruce Dawson of BA Dawson Blacktop and the City of Kamloops.

The facility will be built to International competition standards leaving the City with the capability of hosting world class Beach Volleyball tournaments and events. It will include four courts, one which will be lit for night matches.

Charlie Bruce, Sport Director for the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games states, “We are very grateful to BA Dawson Blacktop and the City of Kamloops for their contributions towards this project. I’m thrilled that we will now have the opportunity to be part of this up and coming, growing sport and make Kamloops a destination for Provincial and National Beach Volleyball training and tournaments.”

The Kamloops 2011 Western Canada Summer Games will have seven male and seven female teams participating in Beach Volleyball. Teams consist of two athletes with a total of 28 athletes competing.

Though popularized in Southern California, the first recorded beach volleyball games took place on the beaches of Waikiki in Honolulu, Hawaii in the early 1900’s. The sport has experienced an ever increasing popularity since the 1980’s and has been an official Olympic sport since 1996.

For more information about the Overlander Park Beach Volleyball expansion contact Vincent Lafontaine, Sport Coordinator for the Kamloops 2011 Western Canada Summer Games at 250-372-1157 or email vincentlafontaine@2011wcsg.ca.

Presenting Sponsor for The Kamloops 2011 Western Canada Summer Games is the British Columbia Lottery Corporation with core funding from the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport, and from the City of Kamloops.

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