Queensland’s first-ever beach tennis tournament will take part on the sands of Surfers Paradise this weekend!
More than 80 participants have registered to compete in the Beach Tennis Gold Coast Open 2021 from 25 – 27 June, which is being hosted by the Beach Tennis Gold Coast Association.
In a first for the sport in Australia, a cash prize of $2,000 is also on offer at the 3-day tournament.
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Founder and Coach of BTGC, Alex Pereira, is thrilled that he and his team have the opportunity to bring the sport he loves to the golden sands of Gold Coast.
“It’s a sport everyone can play and we’re excited to bring back inter-state and local tourism to our city,” he said.
Over the last year, Mr Pereira has watched his social beach tennis matches with 3-4 people turn into an inclusive community with over 50 people attending events on and off the beach.
“We have continued to grow as an organisation throughout this pandemic, as we continue to promote the sport we are passionate about and the values that come along with it.”
According to Mr Pereira, this growth has also been made possible with the organisation able to raise critical funding through the collection and recycling of used drink containers eligible through Containers for Change scheme.
“At TOMRA recycling centre, we have seen Alex and his team return thousands of bottles and cans by coordinating the collection from their buildings. We are thrilled to be partnering with the Beach Tennis Gold Coast and encourage them to continue to recycle not only to keep our environment and beaches clean, but to allow them to raise enough funds to continue to grow the sport,” said Jay Armstrong, TOMRA Varsity Lakes depot supervisor.
Registrations are open for the Beach Tennis Gold Coast Open 2021 until Tuesday 22 June. For more information, and to register, visit: beachtennisgoldcoast.com/tournament/