Polar signs on as Volleyball Australia partner on eve of major World Tour events

Volleyball Australia is pleased to welcome Polar Electro Australiaas a new partner supporting its volleyball program ahead of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

The announcement comes on the eve of two of the biggest beach volleyball events ever to be held on Australian sand.

Polar heart rate monitors and performance sports watches are known globally for their industry leading features, heart rate accuracy and durability, and will be a great fit for Australian players.

“Our beach and indoor volleyballers and their coaching staff leave nothing to chance in preparing themselves to compete at the highest level all around the world,” Volleyball Australia Chief Commercial Officer, Rod Harys, said.

“It makes a lot of sense for our sport to be associated with a brand like Polar, which has a similar approach to producing world-class products.

“Using Polar heart rate monitors and performance sport watches will help give our helloworld Volleyroos that extra edge, as they strive for medals on the world tour and at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“We are also excited that Polar has recognised volleyball as a fast-growing sport, especially after the fantastic results from our athletes at the Rio Olympics.”

Australian beach volleyball players are set for a busy few months on the sand, with two major international events being staged locally.

A men’s and women’s World Tour event will be held in Shepparton on March 4/5, while a women’s World Tour event will be played on Sydney’s Manly Beach as part of Volleyfest on March 17-19.

Tickets for both events are available at volleyballaustralia.org.au

Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy finished fifth at the Rio Olympics, while Australia was also able to successfully qualify a second team, Nicole Laird and Mariafe Artacho del Solar.

“This is an exciting time for our sport,” Mr Harys said.

“Not only are we getting great results on the sand, but with the support of fantastic sponsors like helloworld, Hancock Prospecting, and now Polar, we are guaranteeing a great future for our best athletes.”

To ensure maximum performance and accurate reporting, Polar will work with Volleyball Australia coaching staff on an ongoing basis to provide appropriate products to each individual player to match personalised training regimes.

Polar Electro Australia Managing Director, Drew Oryszczyn said:

“A key benefit to Volleyball Australia is Polar’s Team Pro system which combines GPS and acceleration technology with heart rate monitoring.

“The coaches will be able to follow the team’s training rates in real time from their iPads without base stations. In the busy lead-up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games, athletes will be competing and training at venues across Australia and the world.

“The data in the Polar Flow app allows coaches to remotely and easily monitor their performance, training and recovery.”

“Polar is extremely committed to our ongoing partnership with Volleyball Australia and to provide the teams with the product and technology support they require.”