London 2012 Olympics: Women"s beach volleyball pair announced

Team GB select Dampney and Mullin as women's beach volleyball pair

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UPDATED:

10:31 GMT, 2 July 2012

Zara Dampney and Shauna Mullin will represent Great Britain in beach volleyball at London 2012.

The London Games will be the first time Team GB has been represented in the event since the 1996 Games in Atlanta when the sport joined the Olympic programme.

Let the Games begin: Shauna Mullin (left) and Zara Dampney (right)

Let the Games begin: Shauna Mullin (left) and Zara Dampney (right)

Countdown: The beach volleyball competition runs from July 28 to August 9

Countdown: The beach volleyball competition runs from July 28 to August 9 at Horseguard's Parade

Dampney and Mullin have competed together internationally since 2009 and are currently ranked 37th in the world and No 1 in Britain.

Team GB decided to take advantage of the home nation place available to enter a women's pair for beach volleyball, which will take place in what is set to become one of the iconic venues of London 2012, at Horse Guards Parade.

Mullin said: 'Competing at the Olympics has always been a dream of mine and at the end of July my dreams are coming true.

'Being selected to represent Team GB and be part of what is going to be the best Olympics ever is a huge honour.'

Her beach volleyball partner Dampney added: 'I am extremely excited to represent Team GB at the Olympics and I'm looking forward to the experiences and challenges that lie ahead, especially in front of our home crowd.'

The Olympic beach volleyball competition runs from 28th July to 9th August.