Nhulunbuy, 996 kilometres from Darwin in Northeast Arnhem Land on the Gove Peninsula is about as remote as you can possibly get for a beach volleyball tournament.
Run by the Nhulunbuy Rotary Club and supported by Volleyball Northern Territory ( Draw and tournament logistics) the tournament celebrated its 30th year with 30 teams taking part.
Given the population is estimated at around three thousand it is fair effort to attract 300 players in the six-a-side competition.
It is more than a beach volleyball tournament with a festival type atmosphere, with all profits donated to charities, sporting bodies and community groups.
Volleyball Australia’s National Participation Manager, Rebecca Walter, says it was a great community event, “The first of the rules is to have fun and that’s exactly what I saw, people having fun. What better way to promote the opportunities to play in our sport than with an open age, beach volleyball event with teams dressing up, sprint and dance competitions and a whole lot of fun. It was a truly great community event which provided people of all ages the opportunity to be physically active and play beach volleyball.”