Volleyball Australia and Herbalife Ltd.(through its Australian subsidiary Herbalife Australasia Pty Ltd) jointly announce a sponsorship agreement that makes Herbalife the Official Nutrition Sponsor of the 2005/6 Vodafone Beach Volleyball Tour, Australia's premier beach volleyball series.
As part of the agreement, Herbalife will occupy a prime center court presence at each event in the five-city tournament, along with branding on player uniforms and tour materials.
This tour attracts the best athletes from around Australia and overseas. Matches begin November 25, 2005, and are scheduled to be played in Sydney, followed by Melbourne, Perth, and Adelaide, with finals played in Surfers Paradise February 17-19, 2006. Games will be televised on the Ten Network and Fox Sport nationally.
In addition to the company's sponsorship of the event, Herbalife has also signed four athletes, Joshua Slack and Andrew Schacht, the top-ranked Australian men's team in the world; and Kylie Gerlic and Stacey Kloeden, one of the top women's teams going into the 2005 summer tour in Australia.
"Beach volleyball represents the essence of the Australian culture -- active, healthy lifestyles -- and it is a perfect fit for Herbalife," said Tim Sanson, general manager, Herbalife Australasia.
"Beach volleyball in Australia is fast becoming a must-do activity for all Australians. It embodies a healthy lifestyle and is a natural partner for Herbalife," says Andrew Scotford, general manager, Volleyball Australia. "This partnership will allow the sport and Herbalife to further grow its profile in Australia."
Beach volleyball has become one of Australia's fastest growing sports since Australia made its mark on the international scene at the 2000 Sydney Olympics winning the gold medal in the women's event, and later the bronze medal in Atlanta. Continued success of Australian athletes on the world scene has grown the profile of beach volleyball in Australia, continually attracting record crowds and TV audiences.
Herbalife has been operating in Australia since 1983.
Herbalife is also the Official Health and Wellness Partner as well as the Official Nutritional Advisor of the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour through the 2007 season in the U.S., in addition to sponsoring 2004 Olympic bronze medalists Elaine Youngs and Rachel Wacholder, 2004 Olympian Stein Metzger, and rising star Jason Ring. Additionally, the company is the official nutrition sponsor of the Michelob UTLRA London Triathlon, Nautica Malibu Triathlon in the U.S., Thai Airways Laguna Phuket Triathlon, and sponsors UK triathlete Olly Freeman and U.S. amateur triathlete Erika Aklufi.
About Volleyball Australia
Volleyball Australia is the peak sporting organization for Volleyball & Beach Volleyball in Australia and shares as its vision the desire to promote sport as a human endeavor. With National programs in partnership with the Australian Institute of Sport, Volleyball Australia enjoys a unique standing in the Australian Sporting Industry.