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Welcome to SandstormSatisfying Brisbane’s cravings for sand and beach sports, Sandstorm offers fun activities played in a social atmosphere for beach volleyball, touch, netball, dodgeball and more! Everyone is welcome at Sandstorm, from the absolute beginner to the competitive. We also host corporate events, functions, birthday parties, school competitions and offer coaching sessions.
The Sandstorm Story
Why I started Sandstorm...Written by founder & director Natalie Cook.
I still have very strong memories of greatest sporting day of my life.
Memories of stepping onto the Olympic podium with Kerri Pottharst with the roar of screaming fans as the medal was placed around our necks to be crowned Gold Medal Champions. Then watching the Australian flag dance in the breeze as Advance Australia Fair was sung thunderously by proud Aussie fans.
A year later, I returned to Sydney to find Bondi Beach restored to its beautiful old self. The stadium that hosted 10,000 screaming fans chanting "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi Oi Oi" was packed away. There was no evidence that the stadium even existed there.
While the beach volleyball competition was acknowledged as the greatest spectacle of the Sydney Olympic Games, a testament to the appeal of the sport, I remember my struggle to taste Olympic success.
Of the many thoughts and emotions I felt the day we heard the national anthem play, I made a promise to myself to not let the sport of beach volleyball or that moment in time fade away to nothing. I was determined to leave a legacy for the sport - not Olympic medals but rather the creation of opportunities for others to follow in my footsteps and for them to create new paths of their own.
To do make these pathways a reality, beach volleyball needed a home in this country. And so SANDSTORM was born.
I have been blessed by having many wonderful people in my life. They have provided guidance and offered inspiration. Thanks to them I have been able to take advantage of opportunities that have been afforded to me and to enjoy the sport that I love. I am thankful for those opportunities and believe I can in turn to provide opportunities for others to be part of the greatest game under the sun.
To everyone who is willing to step out of their comfort zone to chase their dreams, here is your opportunity.
Yours on the sand
Natalie Cook, OAM
1996 Atlanta Olympic Beach Volleyball Bronze Medal
2000 Sydney Olympic Beach Volleyball Gold Medal