Top beach volleyballers jump at the lake
Bikinis and boardshorts are usually reserved for a trip to the beach, but this weekend Hamilton is set to get a good dose of swimwear with the international beach volleyball competition being held at the city's closest thing to a beach - the Hamilton Lake.
The old skating rink at the Hamilton Lake was yesterday transformed into a temporary beach setting for the TSB Bank Hamilton Beach Volleyball Open this weekend.
The beach construction commenced about 7am yesterday, and was expected to be completed by early afternoon, with 210 tonnes of graded sand being carted in by 20 trucks. Within a day of the event's end, the sand will be removed, cleaned and returned to Perry Group's sand mining works, with the skating rink ready again for action of the wheeled variety.
Tournament director Dave Macpherson said they chose the location because it was a "natural stadium", where the public could watch freely. "It's a good space. This may become our permanent home."
The event cost $30,000, he said.
The tournament is the second event in a three-stop national series that started last weekend at Mairangi Bay and finishes next weekend at Mt Maunganui.
Entry to the event for spectators is free, with the main action tomorrow (8.30am-7pm) and Monday (8.30am-4.30pm). The women's final is scheduled for 2.30pm on Monday, with the men's final at 3.30pm.