Could Coolan­gatta be vol­ley­ball cap­i­tal?

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PRAISE for the beach vol­ley­ball spec­ta­cle has come in thick and fast af­ter his­tory was made at the Coolan­gatta beach-front this week when the first-ever men’s and women’s beach vol­ley­ball Com­mon­wealth Games cham­pi­ons were crowned.

So suc­cess­ful was the event (tick­ets for the beach vol­ley­ball com­pe­ti­tion were among the first to sell out) that Olympic beach vol­ley­ball cham­pion Natalie Cook said Coolan­gatta would do well to re­tain a semi-per­ma­nent beach vol­ley­ball arena fol­low­ing the Games.

“Ab­so­lutely – I think that’s what we would like,” she told the Gold Coast Bul­letin.

“I think they’ve done a great job in cre­at­ing a great home for beach vol­ley­ball.”

Ms Cook said there were only a few per­ma­nent or semi-per­ma­nent beach vol­ley­ball venues around the world, and Coolan­gatta could be one of them.

She said this would at­tract mar­quee events if Coolan­gatta was home to at least a semi-per­ma­nent arena.

“Ocea­nia cham­pi­onships, Asian cham­pi­onships, even world tour events that cur­rently they put in Manly Beach (in Syd­ney) that cost a lot more money,” she said.

“We will try to lobby govern­ment to keep this semi-per­ma­nent. “Let’s see how we go.” Ms Cook’s calls were backed by Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate, who said he would can­vass the idea of a per­ma­nent beach vol­ley­ball home on the Coast af­ter the event proved such a hit with ath­letes, of­fi­cials and crowds.

But, he said, “the most im­por­tant peo­ple to ask would be res­i­dents”.

PHOTO: CHRIS HYDE/GETTY

SOME­THING’S COOK­ING: Natalie Cook, pic­tured watch­ing the vol­ley­ball fi­nals with Dawn Fraser.

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