The Australian Beach Polo Association Limited is pleased to announce the return of Beach Polo to Australia. This flourishing international sport will return to national shores on 18 February 2017, staged on the white sands of Adelaide’s Glenelg Beach, against the cerulean backdrop of St Vincent Gulf.
The project will be managed by Polo Events Australia Pty Limited (PEA). Janek Gazecki, a director of PEA, introduced Beach Polo to Australia in 2010, was in charge of producing the acclaimed Paspaley Beach Polo in 2010 and Broome Beach Polo in 2011, and founded the Australian Beach Polo Association Limited.
During a hiatus from the sport of Beach Polo over the past five years, Janek has been busy developing Urban PoloTM, which enters its eleventh year in 2016, into what is now the world’s largest and most successful polo series. Urban PoloTM events include the national ‘Polo in the City’ and ‘Polo by the Sea’ series. Says Geoff Gourley, Director at the Australian Beach Polo Association Limited
“We are thrilled that Beach Polo is returning to Australia, and wish Janek Gazecki every success in his endeavours.
This new and exciting venue will allow the resumption of this unique sport in this country, and integrate Australia into the growing prestigious international Beach Polo calendar, which includes exotic and prime locations such as Miami (USA), Goa (India), Ibiza (Spain) and Poole (UK), Rovinj (Croatia) to name a few.
We are also thrilled to get the opportunity to work closely with Holdfast Bay Council, and use the event as a platform to promote state, national and international tourism to the region, and support local business.”
City of Holdfast Bay Mayor, Stephen Patterson said this first for South Australia would shine a national spotlight on Glenelg as Adelaide’s premier seaside destination for large-scale events.“We welcome this opportunity to add an exhilarating day of Beach Polo to Holdfast Bay’s excitingsummer events calendar, and we’re sure that the opportunity to see Australia’s elite polo players and their horses in action on beautiful Glenelg Beach will see a summertime surge in visitor numbers,” he said.
Glenelg Beach Polo will be jointly administered by the Australian Beach Polo Association Limited and Urban Polo Association Limited.