24 July 2023

Life's a Beach - Brighton Beach Bash Bounces Back

SHW News

Possibly the most eagerly anticipated event on the SHW sporting calendar, Beach Volleyball, took place last Wednesday at Yellow Wave, Brighton.

Nearly 50 SHW colleagues took to the sandy arena to volley some balls, or just to take in the majestic sight of colleagues foolishly throwing themselves around, aided with a nice cold beer (or two) in hand.


As appears to be the yearly tradition, the weather was far from ideal, some gusty winds and a smattering of the wet stuff making playing conditions a little tricky. Yet spirits could not be dampened and the players took to the courts ready for action.


Seven strong looking teams battled hard for the stunning gold medals that were on offer to the winners. Some really competitive matches ensued (that is once the method for scoring had been agreed half way through the event, a quick google search and I’m still none the wiser!!!) and it was Great Britian, Fiji, Canada & Brazil that set the pace for what was looking like a tight finish.


However, it was Australia that gained notable attention, a nation of proud sporting pedigree, established a 100% record. They enter the SHW record books with 6 defeats from 6 games. Despite their enthusiasm, there was little to get excited about. (it’s rumoured in one match that they were only one point down at half time….)


But the real glory goes to the tiny island nation of Fiji, a population just shy of a million, yet brimming with natural volleyball talent. Messrs Bull, Clapham, Davies, Finn & Freeman (I think!) smashed, volleyed, bumped and spiked their way to victory with 5 wins from their 6 games (again, I think, this reporter was too busy sulking from his association with Australia to actually care what else happened!!).


Once the awards & obligatory pictures were dealt with, all involved were welcomed to lovely beach BBQ accompanied by some more drinks. Yet more drinks were enjoyed by a few hardy folk, before the sun came down on another fine SHW sports event.


A massive thank you to Paul Armstrong for his organising of the event (so stressful has it been, he has immediately taken a weeks’ leave!!), to our hosts Yellow Wave, and lastly to all of you for taking part and agreeing to donate! (except if you haven’t, in which case head here to do so Sponsor Me - Online fundraising Service (charitiestrust.org)


Until next year……………..