2019-01-18 12:00:00 CEST
Beach Shorts: The week in the sands of the world
Welcome to another edition of Beach Shorts! While most of the top teams in the planet remain in preseason mode, South America will start its Continental Tour this weekend in Brazil. There are also important news about coaching in Germany, an incoming baby in the United States and the first steps of Beach ParaVolley in China.
Join us and stay tuned!
South American Tour kicks off in Brazil
South America will be the first to have its Continental Tour rolling as the Brazilian city of São Francisco do Sul hosts the inaugural stop this weekend. Tandems from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela are all set to compete in the 16-team men’s and women’s tournament.
Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Paraguay, Perú y Venezuela conforman las 16 parejas en cada rama que estarán disputando el primer título de la temporada del #CSVP. La primera parada será del 18 al 20/1 en Sao Francisco Do Sul, Brasil. ¡Acompañe!
Kay Matysik to lead German development
London 2012 Olympian Kay Matysik will be involved with beach volleyball development in Germany as the 38-year-old former player was appointed as the head coach of his country’s men’s Under-17 and Under-22 teams. Matysik competed internationally between 2001 and 2017 and won five medals, including a bronze at the 2013 World Championships with longtime partner Jonathan Erdmann.
First Beach ParaVolley World Series confirmed
The 2019 season will see the first-ever Beach ParaVolley World Series event as the Chinese city of Pingtan is set to host a tournament from May 9-12. Beach ParaVolley, which is a sport for impaired athletes with the ability to stand, is pursuing Paralympic status with the hopes of being added as discipline for the 2028 Games in Los Angeles.
Social Media: Baby on the way for Schalk and Carico
American players Chaim Schalk, who used to compete for Canada but has started his citizenship process in 2017, and Lane Carico have announced they are expecting their first baby, who is expected for next May! Congrats, guys!
My 2019 sand training would normally be well under way by now, but for one thing... my full belly 💝✨Truth be told, nothing else has ever kept me from immersing myself in my life's dream of volleyball ~ but for this dream of motherhood, I'll gladly take a "long offseason", but will be itching to get back in the sand a stronger woman ☺️ Baby Schalk due May 2019 @chaimer **************************************************** This journey towards motherhood has already tested me greatly, as I imagine it will continue to do. It teaches me more than ever, the importance of taking life one day at a time. Many things are not in my direct control, so I must focus on what is. Being present each day, mindful with intention to improve, goes a long way for making the most of my life 🌱💕 I don't know what tomorrow will hold, let alone months from now, but that's okay, I will prepare for the future by being my best self today ✨ #dreambig #staypresent #livewithintention #keepimproving #pregnancyasaproathlete #onedayatatime #withgratitude
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