They might not wear shoes when they take on the world in their sport, but off court Olympian Becchara Palmer and her playing partner Zina Stone will be strutting in style when they go on the Beach Volleyball world tour later this month.
The South Australian duo have teamed up with another iconic SA brand in Spend-less Shoes (www.spendless.com.au), who have thrown their support behind the girls in their quest to get to the Rio Olympics in 2016.
"We are delighted to be associated with such elite, home grown South Aussie women at the top of such an athletic sport. The whole Spend-less Shoes community are excited to get behind Becchara and Zina on their road to Rio." stated Managing Director John Charlton earlier this week.
Spend-less is a proud South Australian business whose owners understand all about hard work themselves. Starting as one small store in Glenelg 25 years ago, this local born and bred business has grown to now be Australia’s largest shoe retailer.
"We’re incredibly excited about the support Spend-less is giving us," said Olympian Becchara Palmer.
"The truth is, even at an elite level, you do this sport for the love and the passion.
"Both Zina and I are also working full-time to try and pay our way on the world tour " said Becchara.
"This means that any support we receive from local businesses is massively appreciated. We simply couldn’t represent our country without it and can’t wait to do them proud on the world stage," said Zina.
The girls have recently completed a crowd sourcing campaign and raised $3,600 towards their 2014 World Tour.
Keep in touch with Becchara and Zina as they take on the world through their social media channels.
Team Palmer/Stone, Aussie Beach Volleyball Team
We are Becchara Palmer and Zina Stone - the two athletes who make up Team Palmer/Stone - Aussie Beach Volleyball Team.
Individually Becchara has been playing volleyball since 2003, across both indoor and beach disciplines, she has represented her country at 4 Junior World Championships winning the only Gold Medal won by an Australian team at this level. She has 5 National Beach volleyball titles to her name, and 5 perfectly round rings on her left wrist after competing in the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Zina is the most athletically gifted beach volleyballer in Australia. Hands down - just check out the video if you don't believe me! After years of full time training being hampered by left knee, then right knee injuries and subsequent surgeries Zina is hungry to assert her presence on the world stage. With State titles to her name, and countless All-Star accolades throughout her junior career, Zina has never been more ready to show the world what her 80cm hops can do.
Together, with our coaches, we have set ourselves the goal of Qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and we aren't afraid to tell whoever will listen.
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