Halloween came early and got a sandy touch at Royal Palms.
The Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation held its inaugural Big Dig Beach Volleyball Tournament last Saturday. More than 10 teams took part in a variety of colorful costumes ranging from superheroes in tutus and tights to motley crews of pirates and bearded characters.
Federation funding and sponsorship committee member Carlene Alexander-Kay said the turnout was better than expected.
“We were extremely pleased with the attendance for our inaugural fundraising event,” Alexander-Kay said. “Many of the teams got into the spirit dressing in costume. The winner for best costume was Ball Bashers, who chose a superhero theme which included Superman and the Hulk in tutus.
“Even a short downpour didn’t dissuade the teams, who just waited it out and hit the sand as soon as the sky cleared. There were a total of 12 teams competing in one game to 15 points. It is planned to make this an annual event and we appreciate all of the support of our sponsors and the public in helping to make this event such a success.”
Several sporting personalities took part in the four-man tournament such as Jon Pump, Kevin Zimmer and Nathan Smith. Stalwarts in volleyball were also present with the likes of Richard Campbell taking part (dressed as Robin from Batman) and Cristin Alexander helping organize the festivities.
For their inventive attire, Ball Bashers won the best costume prize, sponsored by Caybrew. Bashers were also second overall and won an award from World Gym. KPMG were the top team and nabbed Cayman Airways tickets.
Volley Rogers placed third and won a prize sponsored by Bliss Yoga. Anna Haydon won the raffle prize of a Blackberry Z10 from LIME.
The competition, modeled off similar events in the U.S., also gave a boost to youth development in the sport. Proceeds from the tournament went towards sending Chante Smith-Johnson and Ileann Powery to Trinidad for the 2014 Youth Olympic qualifiers.
Those Olympics are slated for Nanjing, China next August. Smith-Johnson and Powery, both teenage girls from West Bay, have been training with national team players Cristin Alexander and Jessica Wolfenden.
Up next for local volleyball is the seventh annual Spikefest tournament. Typically sponsored by Cayman Airways, the indoor competition is expected to be held next month at the University College of the Cayman Islands multipurpose hall.