Lausanne, Switzerland, January 23, 2018 - A draw at the Coolangatta Surf Lifesaving Club on Tuesday confirmed the Gold Coast 2018 men's and women's beach volleyball pools. Beach volleyball is set to feature on the programme of the Commonwealth Games for the first time in Australia from April 6 to 12.
Gold Coast 2018 - Beach volleyball
The allocated pools will determine the match schedule for the preliminary round-robin stage of the competition, with each team to play every other team within their pool once.
In the women's tournament, Australia will play Scotland, Grenada and Cyprus in Pool A. Top-ranked Canada will face England, Trinidad and Tobago and Fiji in Pool B, while New Zealand and Vanuatu will meet Singapore and Rwanda in Pool C.
The Australian men are pitted against Trinidad and Tobago, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Fiji in Pool A, while the strong Canadian contingent will contend with Scotland, Sri Lanka and Sierra Leone. In Pool C, England will play New Zealand, Cyprus and Mozambique.
The preliminary rounds will run from April 6-9 before culminating with the quarterfinals, semifinals and Gold and Bronze Medal Matches from April 10 to 12, with all matches to be held at the 4000-seat capacity Coolangatta Beachfront venue. Today’s unveiling of the pools will enable the full match schedule to be completed in mid-February.
Australia's Chris McHugh and Damien Schumann, Vanuatu's Miller Pata and Linline Matauatu joined Gold Coast 2018 officials Greg Nance, Volleyball Australia CEO Andrew Dee, assistant minister for Tourism Industry Development Meaghan Scanlon and five-time Olympian and two-time medallist Natalie Cook at the drawing of lots ceremony, which was supervised by FIVB Technical Delegate Blair Harrison.
Volleyball Australia CEO Andrew Dee said: “It’s a very special day for beach volleyball, not only here in Australia but on the international stage as well, with today’s pool draw bringing the reality closer that our wonderful sport will make its Commonwealth Games debut right here on the Gold Coast”
“The imagery beamed right around the world will be a highlight of the Games, with the pictures brilliantly showing off our Australian lifestyle. The combination of incredible beaches and coastline, elite athletes playing the high energy exciting sport of beach volleyball, it is going to be something very special.”
“For years to come I’m sure this Commonwealth Games will be remembered and talked about for the outstanding contribution that Beach Volleyball brought to the event.”