Spiking Interest in Indoor Beach Volleyball

There’s no better place to play indoor beach volleyball than the middle of the Central Australian desert.

It is the perfect sport to play indoors, out of the sun, wind and cold – in fact, all year round.

The rising popularity of the sport in Alice Springs is due to the Desert Sands Indoor Beach Volleyball Centre where this year’s Games competition is being held.

Owners Sean O’Brien and Jess Thompson will host the men’s, ladies and mixed competitions from this afternoon and throughout the rest of the Games week.

In the excitement of Saturday’s Opening Ceremony, the swag of participants representing the sport were overlooked during the march past. But Indoor Beach Volleyball is definitely an important part of the Alice Springs Masters Games family.

The flag bearer this year was Laurence Pomery who has been involved in all versions of volleyball for 40 years.

Pomery has represented Alice Springs and the NT many times. He was the first male player to win three consecutive indoor beach volleyball gold medals since the sport’s introduction into the Alice Springs Master Games.

Pomery has been coaching for 25 years and continues to guide players to enhance their skills. He recently coached the Alice Springs ladies team to three consecutive top 3 finishes at the Australian Indoor Beach Volleyball titles and coached the first junior ladies team to third place.

The Desert Sands Indoor Beach Volleyball Centre is located at 11 Kennett Court.