South beach ‘like Rio’ as resort hosts volleyball championships

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Bridlington’s South beach hosted the 31st Bridlington Open Volleyball Championship at the weekend, played on two days of heatwave conditions.

The weather was more reminiscent of Rio than East Yorkshire as more than 300 players and 72 teams travelled to Bridlington from all over the North of England for the annual competition which is sponsored and supported by East Yorkshire Events.

Numerous countries were represented with competitors originally hailing from places such as Brazil, Japan, Chile, Poland and even a Rwandan international.

Kieran Lawry from East Yorkshire Events said: “It is so great to see such a melting pot of nationalities and cultures all coming together for their love of the sport in what turned out to be as perfect conditions for beach volleyball you will find anywhere.

“The influx of so many players, coupled with the great weather for holidaymakers, meant the beaches remained absolutely packed all weekend and was a huge boost to the local Bridlington economy.”

There was a strong Polish influence in the winning sides, in no small part thanks to the practice that many had put in by visiting Bridlington for the last four weeks and utilising the semi-permanent courts.and all the doubles finals contained Polish players.

Team of four winners:

Phil Mintoft Cup: Sweat My Volleyball (York Volleyball Club)

Ron Kendrick Plate: Sand Monsters B.R.A (Middlesbrough)

Bucket and Spade Cup: Sparkling Tarts (Leeds Volleyball Club)

Doubles competition winners:

Men: Adam and Adam (York Volleyball Club)

Women: Laffan and Laffan (North Riding Eagles)

Mixed: Herrod and Genzels (Unattached)