Kevin Hanson, Phil Sanders and Warren Macbeth from the Hervey Bay Boat Club work on the beach volleyball court at Pialba's Seafront Oval.
Kevin Hanson, Phil Sanders and Warren Macbeth from the Hervey Bay Boat Club work on the beach volleyball court at Pialba's Seafront Oval. Alistair Brightman

All set to get the ball rolling at beach volleyball contest

MORE than 70 tonnes of sand was trucked in to transform Seafront Oval into an Olympic-standard beach volleyball arena ahead of this weekend's Fraser Coast Regional Beach Volleyball Invitational.

Six trucks hauled sand from Bundaberg to fill the court while grandstands will be set up to seat the massive crowd expected.

There will be 16 competitors, with hundreds of spectators likely to fill the stands.

The Hervey Bay Boat Club is funding the event and hopes to turn it into an annual carnival.

Boat Club general manager Ed Gibson said it would provide a great atmosphere.

"There will be a DJ playing songs between the games, so it's a real party feel," he said.

"We're hoping this will turn into a big event that will happen each year."

Mr Gibson said the event had the potential to inspire Fraser Coast children to take up the sport.

"It's about getting the youth of the area out to be exposed to sport and beach volleyball is such an entertaining game," he said.

The two-day event begins tomorrow and the finals will start on Sunday.

Following the volleyball on Saturday evening will be a Wetside water spectacular and fireworks from 6.30pm.

By the numbers

70 tonnes of sand

6 trucks to deliver it

500 seats

16 competitors

$80,000 cost to set up the arena



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