With the olympics showering medals across a wide variety of sports, including both beach volleyball and indoor volleyball, the focus for local lad Connor Boyle is to see if he can add another gold medal to his impressive tally so far. Over four thousand miles travelled to compete in eight competitions resulting in 3 gold medals and 1 bronze since the start of this year’s beach season.
The Perth Beach Volleyball Club treasurer partners Stewart Caldwell again in what they hope will be a replay of their previous gold medals won at Darnhall in the UK Beach Tour 3 star event held earlier this season.
This weekend sees Darnhall host its first UK Beach Tour 4 star event, more prestigious and with a more competitive field from across Britain heading to Perth this weekend.
There is further local interest with Jack McKelvey, another product from Kinross Volleyball Club, hoping to go at least one better than their fourth place finish last time at Darnhall, coming so close to the bronze medal position.
Beach volleyball within Perth is growing slowly with a junior development programme already taking place in conjunction with Scottish Volleyball. Although there will be no junior coaching this weekend a number of local juniors will be assisting in the running of this prestigious event as well as learning from the experienced field of players from around the UK.
Saturday is sure to be an exciting day of men’s volleyball with Perth’s Lord Provost, Dennis Melloy carrying out the duty of presenting the medals to the podium winners.
Sunday sees the women take to the sand but the gold winners from last time, Lynne Beattie and Mel Coutts will not be present this time as they are competing in a continental competition, further boosting their ranking points with the aim of representing Scotland at Birmingham’s Commonwealth Games.
Scotland pairing in Katie Barbour and Rachel Morrison, who won Gold in the Scottish Beach Tour event held at Darnhall, will be in attendance with some tough competitors from England. One of Last weeks Runners Up in the Grand Slam Event, Sophia Johnston, will be back on the sand with her usual partner. There will be further stiff competition from Englands Anaya Evans and her partner Millie Constable.
That gives the other teams an incentive to go for gold in what will be the final day of Darnhall’s UK Beach Tour events for 2021 in the hope that they can attract the competitors to return next year.
The Darnhall Club will then focus on attracting adults to “come and try” beach volleyball, adding to the junior programme already underway.
Spectators and local residents are welcome to come along and support the athletes and engage in discussions with the club about their plans for the future. These will include a full engagement with the local residents to promote the sport and the wider benefits it brings to healthy living.