The Bermuda Volleyball Association will welcome the news that Beach Volleyball will make its debut on the Commonwealth Games programme at Gold Coast 2018, it has been announced.
The historic move will increase the number of sports being contested at the Games from 17 to 18 for the first time, making use of what have been described as some of the best beaches in the world at the Australian venue.
An agreement was struck between the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), the Queensland Government, the Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA) and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) to pave the way for Beach Volleyball’s inclusion.
Ariane Kleinhans had to fight hard for her victory, Triathlete Duffy was second followed by Specialized’s Annika Langvad. Duffy showed some amazing skills to challenge the full time mountain bikers.
Shelley Pearson flies to Chile tomorrow for her one and only shot at qualifying for the Olympic Games in August.
Pearson, who is hoping to become the first Bermuda rower to compete at the Games since Jim Butterfield in Munich in 1972, will compete at the Latin American Continental Qualification Regatta in less than two weeks’ time.
A top-six finish in Valparaiso, Chile, would secure Pearson a spot in Rio, although she is not looking much past the end of the month.
As well as trying to reach the Games, Pearson is coming to the end of her master’s degree in child development and education at Oxford University.
“The most I’ve been able to look beyond the regatta are the two weeks following, during which I have four final assignments due and two exams,” Pearson said.
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