Lions Beach Park was the scene of Westport’s second annual Beach Volleyball event on Saturday July 26th. Six competitive beach volleyball teams competed for the title of Westport Lions 2014 Beach Volleyball champion. The athleticism these young people displayed over 27 volleyball games was fantastic to watch.
The Westport Lions built a high quality beach volleyball court directly on the shores of Sand Lake at Lions Beach Park in 2013. We believed that residents and visitors to Westport would enjoy the competition from this new addition to the Westport sports scene. The use of this court has far exceeded any of the Lions dreams as volleyball is played here, virtually every day of the week.
Thanks to all the teams and participants that made the 2014 event a huge success. Four teams from Westport and area and two teams from Kingston made up this year’s tournament roster. Local teams from Camp Iawah, Hartless Jenneration and Rideau Alumni returned for a second year. Ricers from Westport as well as Ryatt and Thunder Ducks from Kingston were new additions to this year’s tournament.
All teams played 5 games in round robin play. Ryatt ranked first in the round robin, followed by Rideau Alumni, Thunder Ducks, Hartless, Ricers and Iawah. Hartless defeated Ryatt and Thunder Ducks defeated Rideau Alumni in very close hard fought semi-final games. Hartless and Thunder ducks played off in the best 2 games of 3 championship. Hartless won the first game with Thunder Ducks coming back to win the second. Hartless squeezed out the final game 15 to 13 for the championship.
Congratulations to the Hartless team members Chris Hartley, Lauren Hartley, Dane Sauve, Danika Terwilligar, Jon Tenthory and Chris Jenner.
Fun and sportsmanship are the focus of this event and it was very evident that every player contributed to the enjoyment of participants and spectators. Thanks to our sponsors Life Is Good, The Rustic Oven and Canuck Stuff for providing prizes for the participants.
As the Lions members were leaving the property after the tournament, volleyball was still being played on the court with 3 of the teams remaining. It is fantastic to see the facility being used so frequently.
Anyone interested in playing beach volleyball is welcome. Games are played virtually every night at Lions Beach Park. You can also contact Chris Hartley to get information about game times – 613 273-8858.