2018-01-23 11:43:00 CET

Pools announced for historic Games

Beach volleyball history will be made Down Under in April

Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes will be one of the favorites for gold at the Commonwealth GamesSarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes will be one of the favorites for gold at the Commonwealth Games

Twelve teams per gender will make beach volleyball history in Australia in April when they become the first athletes to to playsport makes its debut at the Commonwealth Games.

Beach Major Series will be there, every step of the way, to cover this momentous occasion – as will some of the world’s greatest players.

Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes are set to represent Canada after the duo ended 2017 in second place thanks to a string of brilliant performances on the sand last year, including gold at the Poreč Major. The North American nation are also set to be represented by Sams Schachter and Pedlow, who embark on their second season together at the Fort Lauderdale Major next month.

World Tour mainstays from Australia, New Zealand and England will also be among the nations going into battle inside the 4,000 seater stadium at the Coolangatta Beachfront – as will some of the brightest stars in beach volleyball at the tournament which kicks off on April 6.

A full line-up of which teams will be playing will be announced in due course.

The competition will see three pools of four teams, with eight teams progressing to knockout stages that will lead to the Gold Medal matches on April 12.

Women’s draw. Pool A: Australia, Scotland, Grenada, Cyprus. B: Canada, England, Trinidad & Tobago, Fiji. C: New Zealand, Vanautu, Singapore, Rwanda.

Men’s draw. Pool A: Australia, Trinidad & Tobago, St Kitts & Nevis, Fiji. Pool B: Canada, Scotland, Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone. C: England, New Zealand, Cyprus, Mozambique.

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

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At Monday’s draw, Volleyball Australia CEO Andrew Dee said: “It’s a very special day for beach volleyball, not only here in Australia but on the international stage as well, with today’s pool draw bringing the reality closer that our wonderful sport will make its Commonwealth Games debut right here on the Gold Coast.

“The imagery beamed right around the world will be a highlight of the Games, with the pictures brilliantly showing off our Australian lifestyle. The combination of incredible beaches and coastline, elite athletes playing the high energy exciting sport of beach volleyball, it is going to be something very special.

“For years to come I’m sure this Commonwealth Games will be remembered and talked about for the outstanding contribution that beach volleyball brought to the event.”

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