The Scottish women’s beach volleyball team has secured qualification for this summer’s Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, as one of the 12-strong line-up announced by the Commonwealth Games Federation today.
Scotland’s women secured their spot after a brilliant second-place finish in last summer’s Eurozone Commonwealth Games qualifier, which was hosted by Scottish Volleyball at Portobello Beach in Edinburgh.
The Scottish pairing faced a tough Cypriot team in the final, who gained automatic qualification through world ranking points, but the second place finish was enough to grant the Scots back-to-back Games qualification.
Scottish Volleyball’s High Performance Beach Coach and Programme Manager, Felipe Humana- Paredes, said “I could not be more excited that the women’s team have qualified for Birmingham 2022.
“With the Games so close to home this year, it will be a great opportunity to show off our sport and inspire the next generation to get on the sand.”
Team Scotland Chef de Mission, Elinor Middlemiss said “I am delighted for the players, coaching staff and Scottish Volleyball that the qualification for Birmingham 2022 has been secured.
“It is set to be a fantastic competition, at a stunning venue in the middle of Birmingham. I have no doubt that the Scottish public will get behind the girls both at home and in Birmingham.”
Margaret Ann Fleming MBE, Chief Executive Officer of Scottish Volleyball said, “Everyone at Scottish Volleyball is thrilled with the qualification of the women’s team for this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
“The beach game has been on a meteoric rise in Scotland since its inclusion in the Gold Coast games four years ago and we are already planning for a trip back to Australia for the Victoria games in four years’ time.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Commonwealth Games Scotland, the Scottish Volleyball Board, staff, partners, sponsors and of course our athletes who continue in their hard work, determination, and commitment in making beach volleyball bigger, better and stronger.”
The beach volleyball competition runs from 30 July to 8 August and will be held at the former Smithfield Market at a temporary Games venue in the heart of Birmingham city centre.
See the full line-up of qualified teams in both men’s and women’s events on the CGF website: Beach volleyball line-up confirmed for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games | Commonwealth Games Federation (thecgf.com)