Victorious Australians return home from Bahamas


Three of Australia's medal winning beach volleyballers have returned home triumphant from the Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games, having also had their names permanently etched into the sport's history books.

With beach volleyball set to make its Commonwealth Games debut on the Gold Coast next year, the sport was a welcome addition to the Youth Games program, and Australia's Bec Ingram, Carrie Van Rensburg, James Takken and Mark Nicolaidis will have their names in the record books among the sport's first ever Commonwealth medallists.

Having accounted for the strong English team in the first round of competition, Ingram and Van Rensburg then took on their neighbours from over the ditch, New Zealand, in what was set to be a tough gold medal play-off.

But the Australian duo proved to be more than up to the task, playing their best volleyball of the competition to secure gold 2-0 (21-13, 21-13).

A fired up Ingram was a dominant force at the net, while Van Rensburg controlled the back of the court in the comprehensive win.

Ingram had texta written notes on her forearm reading “loud” and “fun”. And the girls delivered on both fronts. Usually reserved off the court, the girls played with confidence and aggression to secure their gold, scarcely giving their New Zealand opponents the chance to turn the game.

Nicolaidis and Taken underlined their enormous potential to secure a bronze medal against Ghana.

After going down to the strong English pairing in the semi-final, the Australians dug deep to regain their best form in the medal play-off.

Ingram is the one member of the Australian team not to return to Australia, having headed straight to the United States of America to begin a college scholarship and study occupational therapy.