West Coast Junior Beach Festival 2009

Once again it was tropical conditions on Troon beach for the Junior Beach Festival! For the third year in a row the temperatures topped a sizzling 25 degrees down at Costa Del Troon!

We had to be up early to secure our spot on what turned out to be one of the busiest days on the beach Troon has seen in recent years!

West Coast Junior Beach Festival participants

26 sun worshipping, up and coming junior beach players were there to dust down the swimwear and shades get the sunscreen on and get their feet in the sand for the first of the Scottish Junior Beach Volleyball Festivals. 

The morning started with a bit of revision of the beach skills and getting used to playing in the glorious open air! Then the tournament began.

The players’ beach skills and effort on an incredibly hot afternoon were dazzling! However somebody had to finish on top. Steven Cruse and Sean Kenny proved too powerful for the others and they took the Senior boys title. The pairing of Hannah Grant and Hazel Gow won the Senior girls-  their indoor experience helping these girls. And it was also Troon’s own Gillian Hair and Nat Caldwell that took the junior girls title. The sheer determination and athletism in the junior boys group was breathtaking to see with Sam Revie and Grant Gwynne from Marr narrowly winning the final!

Many thanks to the boys and girls from Troon VC for their assistance in making the festival so successful. Another fabulous Beach Festival in Troon – roll on next year!

Gillian Lyall