08.05.2020 - Vienna, Austria
Welcome to another edition of Beach Shorts, the second in the month of May. Things are slowly starting to get back to normal and beach volleyball is no exception with players from a few countries in Europe being allowed to return to their training facilities, even if with several restrictions.
This week’s edition of the column comes with very special news coming from Australia, a retirement announcement in Switzerland and yet another event that included beach volleyball being postponed.
Buckle up and here we go!
Clancy the face of Olympic coins in Australia
The Australian government recently launched its collection of coins to the Tokyo Olympics and beach volleyball star Taliqua Clancy was featured in one of them. The bronze medalist of last year’s World Championships was chosen to feature the one dollar Olympic coin launched by the country and has her image carved on it.
Dunja Gerson announces her retirement
Swiss defender Dunja Gerson used the forced break to announce the end of her playing career at the age of 24. A tenacious defender, Gerson has won a World Tour event in Morocco in 2017 and has appeared in 11 Beach Major Series events – her older brother Mirco is also a professional player. Her partner Laura Caluori will now join forces with Anna Lutz.
Best of luck moving forward, Dunja!
Zeit etwas kürzer zu treten. Ich verabschiede mich vom professionellen Beachvolleyball!👋🏼 Eine etwas andere Abschlusssaison als gedacht, aber für mich ist es die richtige Entscheidung.😊Danke an alle die mich auf diesem Weg begleitet haben, die Zeit war unvergesslich! Wir sehen uns hoffentlich auf der @coopbeachtour 😊🏐 Und ein spezielles Danke an @lauracaluori für die tollen 3 Saisons zusammen😘 ———————— It‘s time for me to say goodbye to the professional beachvolleyball! 👋🏼 Not the final season I tought, but it‘s still the right decision. Thanks to everyone who joined me on this way, it will be unforgettable! See you hopefully on the @coopbeachtour 😊🏐 And a special thank you to @lauracaluori for the 3 great saisons together 😘 #thankful #goodbye #beachvolleyball #finalseason #thanks #funnytimes #goodtimes #seeyousoon #otherthingstocome
World Beach Games 2021 postponed
The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) has announced that the 2021 edition of the World Beach Games, which includes a 4x4 version of beach volleyball in the program, will be postponed to 2023. The decision was made so the event doesn’t conflict the Olympics, which were supposed to take place this summer but were moved to 2021.
Social Media: Swiss preparing to return to the sand
Beach volleyball players are expected to be allowed to return to training in the sand next week but until it happens they are still finding ways to remain active inside their houses. Star blocker Joana Heidrich and her brother Adrian found an interesting way to sharpen their skills and work on their fitness. We’re glad the paint remained in the wall.
🏡🏐 @adrianheidrich and @joanaheidrich continue to train diligently at home. Who can do the exercise as well as we can and accepts the challenge? 😜 ⠀ And yes, everyone is happy when we are allowed to go out again soon... 😬😅 ⠀ #heidrichgerson #stayathome #homeoffice #homework #swissvolley #beachvolley #beachvolleyball
See you next week!