All that jazz for sports­men

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JAZZ singer Cathrine Sum­mers will host a black tie fundraiser at The Univer­sity Club of WA to send Josh Court and Damien Schu­mann to the Beach Volleyball Con­ti­nen­tal Cup next month for the Olympic qual­i­fier.

Ms Sum­mers said she was in­spired to help af­ter the death of Mr Court’s fa­ther late last year af­ter an 18-month bat­tle with cancer.

“Josh’s dad was a men­tor of mine and al­ways sup­ported me in fol­low­ing my mu­sic ca­reer, and I felt like help­ing Josh was some­thing I needed to do,” she said.

“The team doesn’t re­ceive any govern­ment fund­ing to pay for their train­ing, travel and ac­com­mo­da­tion un­til they have qual­i­fied for the Olympics, and this fundraiser is to en­sure they have the means to get there.”

MU­SIC and sport will come to­gether as part of a black tie fundraiser at The Univer­sity Club of WA this Fri­day night to help send the Aus­tralian beach volleyball team to the Rio Olympics.

The event will raise money to send Josh Court and Damien Schu­mann to the Beach Volleyball Con­ti­nen­tal Cup next month for the Olympic qual­i­fier.

Event or­gan­iser and jazz singer Cathrine Sum­mers put the event to­gether to help Mr Court pur­sue his dreams of play­ing at the Olympics.

She said she was in­spired to help af­ter the death of her men­tor, Mr Court’s fa­ther late last year af­ter an 18month bat­tle with cancer.

“The team doesn’t re­ceive any govern­ment fund­ing to pay for their train­ing, travel and ac­com­mo­da­tion un­til they have qual­i­fied for the Olympics,

and this fundraiser is to en­sure they have the means to get there,” she said.

“Josh’s dad was a men­tor of mine and al­ways sup­ported me in fol­low­ing my mu­sic ca­reer, and I felt like help­ing Josh was some­thing I needed to do to en­sure he got to pur­sue his dream.”

The event will in­clude a three-course din­ner, night-long en­ter­tain­ment, in­clud­ing mu­sic by Ms Sum­mers, and a com­edy rou­tine by the Aus­tralian beach volleyball team.

Mr Court, who has been play­ing com­pet­i­tively for the past seven years, said his fa­ther was one of his big­gest sup­port­ers be­fore he died and along with his mother would be proud.

“It would be a dream come true to show­case our hard work at the Olympic Games,” he said. “Pur­su­ing my dreams is some­thing my late fa­ther al­ways

en­cour­aged me to do. I of­ten imag­ine him in the crowd driv­ing me for­wards.

“To play for him, my fam­ily and to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia on one of the world’s most fa­mous beaches, the Copaca­bana, would be in­cred­i­ble.”

Ms Sum­mers said the event would be an in­ti­mate even­ing of great mu­sic and laughs.

“It’s go­ing to be an en­ter­tain­ing even­ing with a jazz band, a soul band and a DJ play­ing some of the clas­sics,” she said.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity to dress up and sup­port a great cause.”

The Road to Rio Fundraiser will be held at The Univer­sity Club of WA ban­quet hall, with pre-drinks from 6.30pm and doors open­ing from 7pm. Tick­ets are $160 from www.stick­yt­ick­ets.com.au.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d454105

Cathrine Sum­mers is or­gan­is­ing a black tie din­ner to raise money for two volleyball play­ers to get to the Rio Olympics.

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