Thursday, 15 July 2010


This year’s Margate Masters beach volleyball event has been described as a “huge success”, with Volleyball England declaring that they want to come back in 2011.

The free event, which is organised by Thanet District Council’s Sport Matters team, ran from Friday (9 July) to Sunday (11 July). Some of the world’s top beach volleyball players took to the courts on Margate Main Sands, with almost 5,000 spectators turning out to watch the action over the weekend.

Sponsored by Hornby Hobbies Ltd., the Margate Masters also included a schools competition on the Friday and a local competition on the Sunday morning, with prizes provided for that part of the event by LD Lines.

In the women’s competition, British number two seeds Denise Austen and Mel Coutts, took the title on their first visit to Margate. In the finals, they beat Gabriela Medricka from the Czech Republic and Eva Czinegeova from Slovakia, who had won Margate Masters for the last three years running.

The men’s event saw number one seeds Davide Grandolfo from Italy and Berislav Bobus from Croatia winning the title. The runners-up were number three seeds Richard Payne from South Africa and Rob Flay from Great Britain. It was the second time Richard had been runner-up at the event in the last four years.

Other events taking place during the weekend included Kids’ Volleyzone, which gave them a chance to get some basic coaching in beach volleyball with the Sport Matters team.

Cllr. Martin Wise, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: “The event was a great success with a wonderful atmosphere. The crowd got so involved with the matches taking place in front of them. We’ve had some excellent feedback from the players, who told us that, in Margate, we go the extra mile to really make the experience special for them. Volleyball England were also full of praise for the Margate Masters, telling us that the event had been, in their words, “another huge success”. I think the crowd were delighted to hear them say that they want to return again in 2011.”

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