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Toronto, Canada, September 12, 2016 - Ana Gallay and Georgina Klug are ready for their great debut at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour that will start this Wednesday, making an historical milestone for Argentine Volleyball as they will compete in the most important beach competition among the best teams of the World.

The Argentine pair together with their coach, Pablo Del Coto, arrived to Toronto last Saturday training for the first time in the playing field on Sunday. On Monday, as part of training they played a friendly match v Menegatti-Giombini from Italy, experienced they will repeat this Tuesday with another pair.

Gallay-Klug stand on Pool B and their debut will be v the Swiss Joana Heidrich-Nadine Zumkehr at 15.30 while on Thursday they will face Laura Ludwig-Kira Walkenhorst from Germany at 13.30.

Prior to leaving Argentina the Entre Rios Ana Gallay mentioned: "To be participating of the World Final Series makes us very proud. it is the award of all the effort we did during the whole very demanding international season. A long season with many important engagements. I hope we can show our utmost to consolidate us as part of the best teams of the World Tour Final series leaving Argentina as high as posible".

Georgina Klug added: "This qualification is incredible. To be among the best eight teams of the World is a very hard task and to belong and maintain the place even harder. I think we never even dreamt of such reality at the beginning of our international season but knowing it is very hard it was somehow our goal. This shows that we play at a very high standard among the best pairs of the Globe".

Now for the fun part. BeachMajors CEO Hannes Jagerhofer, for the second consecutive year, has the task of exporting that elusive Klagenfurt magic to another continent. This week it’s Toronto, where the SWATCH World Tour Finals will conclude with players vying for the top prize of US$100,000 per team.

Can Jagerhofer and public address announcer extraordinaire Tom Bläumauer bring that Major Series atmosphere to a winter sports country? Might be a tough task, yet few would be surprised if they do pull it off.

“When we showed the pictures at the press conference (previewing the Toronto event), everybody was asked if we did Photoshop,” Jagerhofer said. “It really showed what it looks like.

“Canada has amazing teams, men and women. Second, (Canadians) are really beach freaks. If they go to the beach (in Toronto), they have 100 courts. Nowhere in the world do you have 100 courts, not even in Brazil, not even on the West Coast. And the courts are full, they’re packed. They have a few thousand beach enthusiastic fans.”

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All eight Canadian Olympians will participate, including men’s teams Josh Binstock/Sam Schachter and Chaim Schalk/Ben Saxton plus women Sarah Pavan, Heather Bansley, Kristina Valjas and Jamie Broder.

They’ll be joined by Olympic gold medalists Bruno Oscar Schmidt/Alison Cerutti of Brazil and Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhorst of Germany. After a one-match all-Canadian women’s trial, 12 men’s and women’s teams will take aim at the biggest payday in Beach Volleyball history, matching what was handed out in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., last year in the inaugural SWATCH World Tour Finals.

It’s the closing chapter on the 2015-2016 FIVB World Tour season, but in a way also serves as the jumping-off point for the 2017 calendar, which is expected to open in February with a Major Series event back in Fort Lauderdale.

So the optimism abounds for a new generation of the sport as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics cycle begins.

“If you would have asked me about it two years beforehand, I didn’t know if we could transfer this model to other countries,” Jagerhofer said. “Everybody told me it wouldn’t work because the (other countries are) sitting on their hands, they don’t like to entertain like you do, they don’t watch matches. And it’s completely opposite.”