Let’s get this party started
TRIPLE Olympian Joshua Slack has forecast a sandstorm to come to Hervey Bay this weekend.
But don't get worried, it's not what you think - not entirely anyway.
Hervey Bay Boat Club in partnership with Volleyball Queensland will be bringing volleyball, Olympians, DJs, fireworks and truckloads of sand to Pialba's Seafront Oval this weekend for the Fraser Coast Regional Beach Volleyball Invitational.
On the court, the action will be hot with 16 of Queensland's finest volleyballers squaring off against other.
Four men's teams and four women's teams will play round-robin matches on Saturday with finals the following day.
Slack, who represented Australia at the Sydney, Athens and Beijing Games, said the inaugural tournament was sure to be a spectacular event and was free to the public.
"I can promise there will be lots of big jumps, lots of big spikes, an amazing atmosphere and one of the best DJs (DJ Tallie), who really knows his stuff," he said.
"Everyone I have spoken to who has watched beach volleyball say it is 300 times better live than watching it on TV."
The 35-year-old will be partnering five-time Queensland champion Dan Carey and is hopeful they can serve up the goods and take out the title.
"We don't want to go up there looking to showcase the sport and be terrible," Slack said.
"We've training hard and been in the gym to ensure we're at our peak.
"We're about promoting the sport but we're also going up there to win."
The women's draw features a good blend of highly talented youth and experience with the youngest pairing of Nikala Cunningham and Georgia Davey, both 18, hoping to cause an upset against their more-fancied rivals, including long-time playing partners Natasha Chaplin and Rebecca Matheson.
Given they have 32 years of volleyball experience between them, Chaplin and Matheson can not be counted out, but Cunningham tipped Brisbane sisters Jordan and Justine Mowen to be the ones to watch out for.
"I know there is a high level of players coming up like the Mowen sisters who just been overseas and I believe finished fourth in both international tournaments," she said.
"I've also never seen the other two (Chaplin and Matheson) play so it will be good just to watch them and pick up some tips."
Cunningham has never been to Hervey Bay, but said she can't wait to put on a good show for the fans.
"I've always wanted to go there but just never got around to it," she said. "Both Georgia and I are looking forward to stepping up and being competitive and looking forward to the challenge."
Saturday, May 11
10am: Men's 2nd Seed v Men's 4th Seed
10.45am: Women's 4's
11.45am: Men's Top Seed v Men's 3rd Seed
12.30pm: Crowd Games - Join the pros on the court
12.45pm: Women's Top Seed v Women's 3rd Seed
1.30pm: Men's 4's
2.30pm: Women's 2nd Seed v Women's 4th Seed
3.15pm: Crowd Games - Join the pros on the court
3.30pm: Corporate Grand Final
3.45pm: Men's 3rd Seed v Men's 4th Seed
4.30pm: Women's 3rd Seed v Women's 4th Seed
5pm: Family Beach Party
5.15pm: Mixed 4s
6.15pm: Crowd Games - Join the pros on the court
6.30pm: Wetside Water Park Spectacular
7pm: Men's Top Seed v Men's 2nd Seed
7.45pm: Fireworks Spectacular
8pm: Women's Top Seed v Women's 2nd Seed
Sunday, May 12
10am: Men's Top Seed v Men's 4th Seed
10.45am: Men's 2nd Seed v Men's 3rd Seed
11.30am: Women's Top Seed v Women's 4th Seed
12.15pm: Men's 4's
1.15pm: Women's 2nd Seed v Women's 3rd Seed
2pm: Men's Final
2.45pm: Women's Final
3.30pm: Player Presentations