Garcia: turn shores to beach volley courts

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Friday, September 28, 2012


THE Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman Ricardo Garcia encourages the coastal barangays and municipalities in Cebu to take advantage of their beaches and turn those into beach volley sand courts.

“There are no such thing as super athletes. All of them start from just playing in their own backyards and having fun,” Garcia said during the memorandum of agreement (MOA) signing together with Southwestern University chairman of the board Johanna A. Holopainen last Thursday for the use of SWU’s beach volley sand court as the venue for training for the Philippine National team.

PSC beach volley consultant Eric Lecain also added that the greatest players in the world grew up living next to the beach, referring to Olympic women beach volleyball champions Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh of the US.

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“Let’s take for example the life of Misty. She hung out at the beach as a kid every day and watched her father Butch play. She started batting the ball at very young age.

She didn’t grow so tall, maybe 5’8”, but somehow became the winningest female to ever play by age 30,” Lecain said.

That is why Lecain was overwhelmed with the idea of the PSC chairman encouraging the coastal barangays and municipalities in Cebu to build beach volley sand courts. He believes that it would be a good move so that the level of awareness of the sport will grow.

“All they need is a net, a sturdy post and they are good to go,” Garcia said.

SWU athletics director Ryan Aznar also suggested to intensify the awareness program and start with coastal municipalities that have already been conducting several beach volley tournaments like Santa Fe, Bantayan Island, Moalboal, San Remegio and Malapascua.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 29, 2012.

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