The beach is their playground

2015-05-05 06:00

A teacher and a plumber from the Southern Suburbs are making waves on the Flying Fish Beach Volleyball Series.

Antonio Rossouw (33) from Elfindale and Dean Layters (22) from Ocean View, have formed a beach volleyball partnership that is taking on the big guns in the national Flying Fish Beach Volleyball Series.

The second tournament in the series took place at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Camps Bay over the past weekend.

On Friday after the first day’s round robin matches, Rossouw and Layters had only lost one match and were second on the log, behind the first seeds and eventual winners of the tournament, Grant Goldschmidt and Jerome Fredericks.

“I started playing indoor volleyball in 1999 when I was still at school in Mitchell’s Plain,” says Rossouw, who is a teacher at St Anthony’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Heathfield.

He is married to Tercia, a former volleyball player and they have a daughter, Juliana (2).

“The indoor season is very short and when summer came, I had no sport, so I progressed to beach volleyball,” he says.

It is much the same for Layters, who is a bachelor. “I also progressed from indoor volleyball to beach volleyball to keep playing the sport all year round,” he says.

Rossouw stopped playing for some time, but when he decided to play again he met Layters at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) where they were both playing and decided to form a team for the Flying Fish Beach Volleyball Series.

“This (UCT) is only our second tournament together as a team, but we are developing our style of playing and want to stay together for the entire series,” says Rossouw.

According to him, beach volleyball still has a long way to go in South Africa before the majority of players can become professional and make a living out of it. “It is wonderful that Flying Fish sponsors this series, but we as players still hold a full-time job and the only way we will be able to make a living as players, is to get personal sponsorships,” says Rossouw.

Layters has his eye on the Olympics. “I would love to represent our country at the Olympic Games in the not so distant future. “But it is going to take lots of hard work,” he says.

“Dean and I regularly meet on the beach where we practise our drills and do lots of exercises and we also go to gym often to work on our strength and do cardio-vascular exercises. It is hard work . . . but we love it,” Rossouw says

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