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Ontario’s sandy contribution to the 2012 Olympics

August 11th, 2012

Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor celebrate their 2012 Olympic gold medal win
Photo credit: Washington Post

Canada may have sent some top class athletes to compete on the world stage at the 2012 Olympics held in London, England, but that’s not all.

The beach volleyball players have been tickling their toes on Ontario-cured sand!

Since 1966 when beach volleyball became an Olympic sport, Hutcheson Sand & Mixes of Huntsville, Ontario has taken the fine-grained sand of choice and perfected it. Canadian technology can be credited for that sought after non-stick quality.

While the organizing company wanted to use British sand for the Horse Guards Parade showcase arena (going with Redhill 28 from a quarry in Godstone, Surrey), but they turned to Hutcheson to refine the playing field, by washing the sand to get rid of any particles that might stick to or scratch the athletes’ exposed skin.

“Hutcheson provides sand that will not compact, thus performing under the best and most adverse weather conditions,” the company promises.

And on Wednesday it was announced that the 4,400 tonnes of sand that were trucked in for beach volleyball will be distributed among 36 new courts to capitalize on Britain’s newfound fascination with the sport.

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