Wynnum serves up a beach volleyball bonanza

Brisbane sports fans will get a serve of volleyball action this winter, with Brisbane City Council’s historic Wynnum Wading Pool gearing up to host the city’s new Pro-Am competition, ‘The Battle of Waterloo’.

Chairman for Finance and Economic Development Cr Krista Adams said the tournament, backed by Olympian Natalie Cook, would follow an exciting program of local volleyball events, with the iconic attraction converted to a sand court during the park’s winter off-season.

“Brisbane is one of Australia’s iconic sporting cities and this exciting new competition will be a great drawcard for beach volleyball players across Australia to compete here while the wading pool is drained for maintenance,” Cr Adams said.

“Council is committed to creating new lifestyle and leisure opportunities and this new tournament will allow for social community matches and school events, offering a chance for residents and visitors to try a new sport for free.

“As well as being a great addition to our city’s sporting calendar, the competition will also activate the Wynnum foreshore, helping the area realise its strong economic potential and boosting footfall for local businesses following the high-profile debut of beach volleyball at the Commonwealth Games.”

The 2018 ‘Battle of Waterloo’ event will see amateur teams battle it out against professional players, with the beach volleyball venue to be launched at a gala winter beach party fundraiser in support of Natalie Cook’s Live Out Loud Foundation charity, which works to tackle childhood obesity.

Local businesses will also show their support by providing food and drink for the event.

Cr Adams said Council’s four-year Wynnum Central Beach Volleyball initiative saw the Wynnum Wading Pool become a beach volleyball venue for the first time last year, with more than 3,000 people taking part.

“Council helps to deliver more than 50,000 events, markets and festivals each year and has provided $50,000 in sponsorship for the first two years of this exciting program for Wynnum,” she said.

“Council has also installed free public Wi-Fi in the Wynnum central and wading pool areas, meaning residents and visitors will be able to stay connected as they move around the hub, encouraging them to stay a little longer and share their experiences instantly online.”

For more information on Wynnum Beach Volleyball and The Battle of Waterloo tournament, visit www.wynnumbeachvolleyball.com or email info@wynnumbeachvolleyball.com.