SA did not have a representative at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil.
Freedom Chiya and Grant Goldschmidt were at the London Olympics in 2012 in the men’s section but did not make much impression.
Judith Augoustides and Vita Nel were in the women’s section in 2008 Beijing Olympics, but also did not go far.
The men’s pair of Leo Williams and Grant Goldschmidt recently entered the record books, when they became the first team from Africa to win a medal on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, at the Anchor Beach Volleyball Carnival in Cambodia few weeks ago.
They finished second after losing to Russia 2-0 to earn a silver medal. Williams says their performance proves that they can compete with the best.
Beach Volleyball has a challenge when it comes to funding just like many other minor sporting codes. Williams says they mostly fund themselves but their federation contributes sometime.
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