TORONTO, May 4 /CNW/ - With the popularity of beach volleyball on the rise, the Ontario Volleyball Association (OVA) is thrilled to announce that RBC Royal Bank of Canada will play a major role in supporting the largest beach volleyball tour in Canada as the premier title sponsor of the 2011 OVA Beach Tour season.

"The Tour has consistently experienced double digit growth each of the past five years, including 16% growth from 2009 to 2010 alone" says Kristine Drakich, President of the OVA. "We expect that trend to continue, and we're excited to partner in that growth with a company so well known for its long-term dedication and commitment to amateur sports."

Christian Redmann, an RBC Olympian who hopes to medal for Canada at the London 2012 Olympic Games is thrilled that his company is involved in this year's tour. "Being an OVA member and club coach, and having played in the Tour's Adult Elite division, I've seen incredible growth in the popularity of beach volleyball, but also the need for active corporate support to keep the momentum going," said Redmann. "And given RBC's commitment to amateur sport and a Blue Water environment, I can't think of a better fit."

As the largest beach volleyball tour in Canada, the OVA Beach Tour showcases the best male and female players in Canada across nine (9) divisional categories, including the Adult Elite division. In 2011, the OVA will host 22 events over 13 weekends from May to August.

Drakich and Redmann encourage everyone to check out the OVA Beach Tour schedule online and come out to support the local Ontario volleyball talent, as well as take advantage of RBC promotions on the beach!

About the OVA:
Established in 1929, the Ontario Volleyball Association (OVA) is the official governing body and provides the organizational structure for the sport of volleyball in the province of Ontario. The OVA is involved in every facet of the sport and offers programs at all levels for both indoor and beach volleyball. The OVA strives to provide all Ontario residents with fair and equal access to participation and personal growth through recreational, competitive, elite, instructional, administrative, coaching and officiating volleyball programs.

About RBC:
Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) and its subsidiaries operate under the master brand name RBC. RBC is Canada's largest bank as measured by assets and market capitalization, and among the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. RBC is one of North America's leading diversified financial service companies, and provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management services, insurance, corporate and investment banking and transaction processing services on a global basis. RBC employs approximately 79,000 full- and part-time employees who serve close to 18 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 56 other countries. For more information, please visit rbc.com.

SOURCE RBC Royal Bank - Public Affairs

For further information:

Media Contacts:

Ontario Volleyball Association
Steve Carroll, Executive Director
Ontario Volleyball Association

Mark Hamill
Director of Communications, Greater Toronto

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