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Beach volleyball initiative launched by Zara Dampney

Give it a go! Team GB star Dampney gets behind new beach volleyball initiative

Olympics, the British public are being given the chance to try it for themselves.

The sport was one of the highlights of the Games as crowds flocked to the Horse Guards Parade last summer.

And Team GB star Zara Dampney is hoping a new initiative can encourage more people to take the fast-paced, action-packed discipline.

Zara Dampney

Zara Dampney

Best of British: Zoe Dampney was part of Team GB and the beach volleyball squad at London 2012

The Go Spike Big Weekend, which runs from May 25-27, offers the chance to take part in beach, indoor, outdoor and sitting volleyball at various venues across England.

'I’m incredibly excited about the Go Spike Big Weekend and think it will be a fantastic showcase of everything volleyball has to offer,' Dampney said. 'Everyone from kids to retired people should experience the enjoyment and the health benefits of volleyball.

'People don’t realise just how accessible volleyball is – there are facilities for all versions of the sport right across the country, and I hope that once people give it a go they will join up and make volleyball a regular part of their lives and enjoy it just as much as I do.'

Popular: Beach volleyball was introduced to a whole new set of fans last year in London

Popular: Beach volleyball was introduced to a whole new set of fans last year in London

Popular: Beach volleyball was introduced to a whole new set of fans last year in London

Popular: Beach volleyball was introduced to a whole new set of fans last year in London

For further information on the Go Spike Big Weekend and details of events across England visit www.gospike.net

London 2012: British beach volleyball teams discover Olympic opponents

British beach volleyball teams discover Olympic opponents

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UPDATED:

23:48 GMT, 19 July 2012

Great Britain's Olympic beach
volleyball teams have learned the identity of their first-round
opponents for the tournament starting on July 28.

The women's team of Zara Dampney and
Shauna Mullin have been drawn in Group F alongside Greta Cicolari and
Marta Menegatti of Italy, Russia's Ekaterina Khomyakova and Evgenia
Ukolova, and Marie-Andree Lessard and Annie Martin of Canada.

British duo Shauna Mullin, 26, (left) and Zara Dampney, 24,

British duo Shauna Mullin, 26, (left) and Zara Dampney, 24,

In the men's draw, Team GB duo John Garcia-Thompson and Steven Grotowski will also contest Group F, together with Brazil's Pedro Cunha and Ricardo Santos, Tarjei Skarlund and Martin Spinnangr of Norway, and Canada's Josh Binstock and Martin Reader.

Twenty-four teams will contest both the men's and women's events at Horse Guards Parade, with the pairings split equally into six pools of four.

The pairs play each team in their group once, with the top two advancing to the knockout phase along with the two best third-placed teams. The remaining four third-placed teams will then compete in play-off matches for the right to take up two remaining berths in the last 16.

The day-by-day match schedule for the opening round of pool matches will be released by beach volleyball's governing body, the FIVB, and LOCOG on Monday.

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.

Andy Hooper: image of the week… Zara Dampney

Andy Hooper: My favourite image of the week… Zara Dampney

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Sportsmail”s top snappers Andy Hooper, Graham Chadwick and Kevin Quigley will be showcasing their favourite image of the week.

Award-winning photographer Andy Hooper chooses this stunning capture of Team GB beach volleyball ace Zara Dampney as his standout selection…

Life

This image of Zara Dampney shows the graceful movement of one of our beach volleyball players.

Zara is one half of the pairing hoping to fulfil their dream of competing at London 2012. Beach volleyball is one of the fastest growing Olympic sports and at London 2012 will take place on Horse Guards Parade in London.

They train in Bath and I photographed them in a local studio near the university campus. I was using Kino-flo lighting, which is a continuous light source that enables you to shoot at high speeds without resorting to using flash to freeze the action. This technique produces a softer feel to the lighting on her body.

It was primarily a fashion shoot and was used on page three of the paper but I also wanted to use my time with the girls to get some athletic sports images. This one shows Zara in mid-air about to serve.

Nikon D3

50mm lens

Exposure

1/640th of a second

Aperture F4

ISO 400