Beach volleyball hits Parksville

Haansen Christensen makes a dive for the ball, saving his side’s volley. - Steven Heywood photo
Haansen Christensen makes a dive for the ball, saving his side’s volley.
— image credit: Steven Heywood photo

The sand courts down on the waterfront in Parksville were kept busy Saturday and Sunday with some of Vancouver Island’s top beach volleyball players.

Volleyball BC officials held a training day for the high-performance players, who are looking to hone their skills before the provincial and national championships this summer.

Volleyball BC coch Rick Bevis said the two-day camp was set up to teach the players some tactics and strategy, rather than focus on only skills in the sand.

Bevis, who works a Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, said this year will be the first time in a long while that both championship events will be held in B.C. — both the provincials and nationals will be at Spanish Banks in Vancouver, in August.

As well, many of the players in Parksville over the weekend will participate in the BC Summer Games in July in Langley.

Players came to the camp from cAmpbell River to Victoria, Bevis said, noting that two Parksville teammates — Alex Cloutier and Jenna Pearse — will be very competitive in all of their events this summer.

“Alex and Jenna are in the U17 category and are very strong,” he said.

“They are one of the better teams out there.”

Other good teams that should do well in the summer championships, he continued, are the U15 teams out of Victoria.

His role, Bevis continued, is to help identify the high-performance players on Vancouver Island and help them reach a higher level.

The weekend camp consisted of training games, personal and group instruction, feedback and a wrap-up tournament held on Sunday.


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