FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch Junior World Championships return to Halifax
The Canadian town of Halifax will welcome beach volleyball's brightest stars once more in 2012
Canada, December 8, 2011 – Halifax will become the first city to host
back-to-back FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH Junior World Championships
after the sport’s governing body announced that the waterfront town will
welcome the world’s best junior players once again in 2012.
six-day tournament will take place from August 28 to September 2 and
features a Main Draw of 32 teams for the first time as the competition
for players under 21 continues to grow in both size and stature.
2011 edition of the tournament was deemed a great success, with over
14,000 fans travelling to the waterfront to take in the action, and
those numbers are expected to grow again this year.
thrilled at having the chance to welcome some of the sports youngest
and brightest athletes to Canadian shores yet again,” Volleyball Canada
president Hugh Wong said after signing the agreement. “Last year’s event
was a new milestone for us as a national federation and we’re obviously
hoping to build on that further in 2012. It was so wonderful to see
thousands of fans supporting the players in 2011 in what was a highlight
for Canadian beach volleyball. I have little doubt that we’ll add to
the experience come August next year.”
FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch Junior World Championships are held
annually at beach locations all over the world. Last year’s event was
unique, with organizers creating a beach surface featuring 2,000 tonnes
of sand as well as a temporary stadium.
like last year, Volleyball Canada will be partnered by promoter Sports
& Entertainment Atlantic, and president Derek Martin added that they
look to build on last year’s edition.
year’s tournament was a great success in so many ways and the
overwhelming support we received from the community encouraged us to
bring it back again” he said. “With an estimated economic impact of over
$3 million dollars this is the type of International event that
benefits all of Nova Scotia and Halifax should take pride in being
awarded the unprecedented rights to host it two years in a row.”
Beach Volleyball Commission secretary Vicente Araujo explained the fact
that the Swatch Junior World Championships is returning to Halifax says
a lot about how well it was organized last year.
2011 edition of the tournament was magnificent,” he added. “The
platform created by both Volleyball Canada and Sports &
Entertainment Atlantic for beach volleyball was exactly what we were
looking for so I am excited to see how they aim to improve on it in
2012. It has been said many times that these players are the future of
the sport and to have this raw talent matched with such a brilliant
setting is a positive advert for beach volleyball.”
Sergiy Popov and Valeriy Samoday picked up the 2011 men’s title while
Switzerland’s Nina Betschart and Joana Heidrich took the women’s crown.
sell-outs on the final three days of competition in 2011, the Swatch
Junior World Championships were the must-see event in Halifax leading
into the Labour Day weekend and Sports & Entertainment Atlantic is
already working with government and corporate sponsors to ensure the
2012 event builds on that excitement. Tickets for the 2012 event will
go on sale on December 8, 2011 at 12:00pm Atlantic time through online
ticket provider mytix and can be purchased online at
www.sandjamhalifax.com or by phone at 902.496.4749. Ticket prices have
been kept at the same reasonable prices as in 2011 with a Full Week
Centre Court 6-day tournament pass for as low as $60 (plus HST and
service fee) and GA tickets for as low as $5 a day. Single day tickets
will be available at a later date if available.
year over 400 volunteers helped make the tournament a success and if
you are interested in helping out at the 2012 event please also visit
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