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Beach volleyball players having 'great time' in P.E.I.

Beach volleyball players got a taste of Island hospitality this weekend during the SandJam beach volleyball tournament in Summerside.

Summerside hosts Sandjam beach volleyball tournament

Mike Plantinga serves during the men's gold-medal match on Sunday. (Twitter/Sandjam)

Beach volleyball players got a taste of Island hospitality this weekend during the SandJam beach volleyball tournament in Summerside.

Four Canadian men's and four Canadian women's teams were competing for $10,000 in prize money.

The Summerside waterfront got a temporary makeover for the event, with two temporary Olympic-size beach volleyball courts and stadium seating. (Twitter/Sandjam)

It's the first time the event was held on P.E.I — in past years it was in Halifax.

Some competitors had never been to the Island before, said Andrew Ling, event manager for Sports & Entertainment Atlantic.

"The athletes are having a great time, just taking it all in," he said. "The hospitality of Summerside and P.E.I. has been awesome."

Ling said some of the athletes have gone sightseeing in Cavendish and Charlottetown, and have enjoyed the Summerside Lobster Festival.

"The lobster suppers, they're all over that," he said.

Sarah Schaerli and Catherine Martin give the thumbs up at the Sandjam beach volleyball tournament in Summerside this weekend. (Twitter/Sandjam)
Four Canadian men’s and four Canadian women’s teams were competing for $10,000 in prize money. (Twitter/Sandjam)
This weekend was the first time Sandjam was held on P.E.I. (Twitter/Sandjam)

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