Top female internationals in action ahead of London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games



From Monday 8th August 2011: The world’s top international female beach volleyball players are in London this week (9-14 August 2011) ready to battle it out at the Visa FIVB Beach Volleyball International. Forty eight world class beach volleyball players will take to the sand to compete as part of the ‘London Prepares’ series of test events being organised by LOCOG ahead of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

As the sand arrives and nets are strung at the iconic Horse Guards Parade, the athletes will get a taste of the atmosphere and excitement they can expect next summer at what is already one of the landmark venues of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

This will be the first time a women’s international beach volleyball tournament has ever been hosted in London. The competition will play host to world class teams and players including the current number one ranked team Jennifer Kessy and April Ross from the USA, Sydney Olympic gold medal winner and one half of the Australian team Natalie Cook, and Beijing bronze medal duo Zhang Xi and Xue Chen from China, who also recently secured the bronze medal at the 2011 World Championships in Rome.

British athletes competing at the event are athletes supported by Team 2012 presented by Visa – British number one pair Shauna Mullin and Zara Dampney, as well as Lucy Boulton and Denise Johns. 

Visa Europe is the title sponsor of the event, which will give the British public the chance to get a sneak preview of what is already a landmark among the Olympic Games venues. Beach volleyball was one of the most popular events with the public when London 2012 tickets went on sale so this event will give thousands of people the chance to see some of the action ahead of next summer’s Games and the athletes will have a taste of the atmosphere they can expect from a home crowd in 2012.

This year Visa celebrates its 25th anniversary as a global sponsor of the Olympic Games. At every Olympic and Paralympic Games Visa creates and manages the entire payment system in all the venues. Visa is also the presenting partner of Team 2012 which is supporting 1,200 athletes on their journey to being selected as part of Team GB and ParalympicsGB at London 2012.

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