Beach volleyball Summer #CGVolleyball HISTORY OF THE SPORT Beach volleyball can trace its origins to Southern California in the late 1920's where families played 6 on 6 on the beaches of Santa Monica. Here in Canada during the late 1950's the Balmy Beach Club, located on the shores of Lake Ontario in Toronto, welcomed some of the first Canadian "beach pioneers". Unlike today's doubles format the more popular adaptation was triples. Games were played to 11 and the "king of the court" rule was adopted where the winner would stay on the court. In the late 70's the game was introduced to the Canadian West Coast. During the late 70's and early 80's the champions of the BC tournament would win trips to California to play in what was then known as the "World Invitational". Internationally in 1989/90 the FIVB World Series (Men's Beach Volleyball World Circuit) was created with tournaments in Brazil, Italy, and Japan. 1989 saw Reebok sponsor the first recognized National Beach Volleyball Championships in Toronto with teams from across Canada entering directly. Volleyball Canada now holds National Championships every year in 6 different age categories. At the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996, John Child and Mark Heese made volleyball history as they won the first Canadian Olympic volleyball medal. 1999 - Canada hosted a FIVB World Tour Qualifying event in Toronto. The Labatt Blue Toronto Open. 2004 – Guylaine Dumont and Annie Martin finish 5th at the Athens Olympic Games.