Clash of the Beach Volleyball titans: Rio comes to Toronto

Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals Sept. 13 – 18, 2016 at Polson Pier

TORONTO, Sept. 1, 2016 /CNW/ - From Sept. 13 - 18, 2016, Canada will host the biggest beach volleyball event after the Olympic Games. The best teams on the planet, including both gold medalists from Rio, will meet for the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals, part of the Swatch Major Series.  

In front of the Toronto skyline, at the picturesque location of Polson Pier, the eight best teams of each gender plus four wildcards will battle for the sought-after crowns and $100,000 USD prize.

Our local Canadian heroes and duo of Ben Saxton and Chaim Schalk, and Josh Binstock and Sam Schachter, will bring their top game with the goal to win on home sand. 

The top eight of the FIVB World Tour ranking are joined by the 2015 defending champions and 2016 Olympic gold medalists, Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt from Brazil. Other notable athletes include Olympic gold medalists from Germany for woman's beach volleyball, Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst, and bronze medalists from the Netherlands for men's beach volleyball, Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen.

In the women's bracket the wildcards go to Jamie Broder and Kristina Valjas from Canada,

Joana Heidrich and Nadine Zumkehr from Switzerland, and Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy from Australia.

The fans in Toronto will be delighted to see a battle for the second Canadian wildcard for the women's showdown. After Rio, Sarah Pavan and Heather Bansley of Team Canada decided to split. On Tuesday, Sept. 13 Sarah and Heather, with their new partners, will play against each other for the remaining spot in the tournament. It will make a very special and unique beginning to the finals at Polson Pier.

Here are the players for the FIVB World Tour Finals.

Men's Group

1

Samoilovs/Smedins

LAT


2

Lucena/Dalhausser

USA


3

Losiak/Kantor

POL


4

Ranghieri/Carambula

ITA


5

Hyden/Bourne

USA


6

Virgen/Ontiveros

MEX


7

Pedro Solberg/Evandro

BRA


8

Fijalek/Prudel

POL






Men's Wildcards


Saxton/Schalk

CAN



Binstock/Schachter

CAN



Alison/Bruno Schmidt

BRA



Brouwer/Meeuwsen

NED






Women's Group

1

Ludwig/Walkenhorst

GER   


2

Walsh Jennings/Ross

USA   


3

Laboureur/Sude

GER   


4

Larissa/Talita

BRA   


5

Liliana/Elsa

ESP   


6

Forrer/Vergé-Dépré

SUI     


7

Gallay/Klug

ARG   


8

Menegatti/Giombini

ITA     






Woman's Wildcards


Pavan/Bansley

CAN

will play Trials after split on Sept. 13


Broder/Valjas

CAN   



Heidrich/Zumkehr

SUI     



Bawden/Clancy

AUS   


 

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About Swatch Beach Major Series
The Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series arose out of a joint venture between the Austrian Companies Red Bull and ACTS. Red Bull, established in the 1980´s by Dietrich Mateschitz, is one of the world's most famous brands, its direct marketing focusing on sports and lifestyle. ACTS Group, an agency founded in 1990 by Hannes Jagerhofer, is a full service provider of event-marketing, external communication and online services and famous in the world of sports for its outstanding organizational qualities shown at the Beach Volleyball tournament in Klagenfurt/Carinthia. The collaboration of a worldwide successful brand and an experienced promoter takes Beach Volleyball to a whole new level. Furthermore another strong partner is on board: Swatch supports the sport and its athletes, being title sponsor of the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series. It displays a cooperation in order to develop Beach Volleyball as the world's number one summer sports event and to achieve the following vision: "Establish Beach Volleyball as a multimedial sports-entertainment event for athletes, fans & partners."

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