Play to your team’s strengths.
Beach volleyball demands a great amount of trust. Games are played in pairs – as opposed to indoor volleyball, where teams comprise six players – and the coordination involved means you’ll need to form a bond with someone and communicate with them through body language. Bejancke’s an introvert; her partner’s the opposite. But instead of clashing, their different personality types complement each other. And after more than two years playing together, they’ve learnt how to pep each other up when a game is going badly. “I have to motivate her and say, ‘We can do this, don’t give up on me now; it’s only the two of us on the court’,” says Bejancke. Together, they make the perfect team.