Piotr Gruszka: Beach Volleyball World Championship Ambassador

Volleybox 2013-03-08 • 2519 views • 1
Translations: PL
Piotr Gruszka: Beach Volleyball World Championship Ambassador Polish volleyball star: Piotr Gruszka has been named as ambassador for the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships 2013 that will be held in Stare Jablonki in the province of Mazury, from July 1 to 7.

The former captain of the Poland men’s national team participated in all 11 editions of the FIVB Volleyball World League from 1998 to 2008 before returning again to play in the annual men's event in 2010 and 2011.

Gruszka, first played for the Poland national team in 1995 as a wing-spiker and went on to be part of the teams which won the European Championship in 2009 (where he was named MVP) and the silver medal at the 2006 World Cup. He is also a three-time participant in the Olympic Games (Atlanta 1996, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008).

His ties to the Mazury area are strong as he is currently signed with local club: AZS Olsztyn, a team he also played with from 2005 to 2006. With Olsztyn’s proximity to Stare Jablonki, Gruszka finds himself well placed to take in as much of the action as possible this July.

As with other beach volleyball fans, Gruszka will be watching from the sidelines to see if Emanuel Rego and Alison Cerutti can retain their world crown in the men’s competition, and who will succeed Juliana Felisberta da Silva and Larissa Franca as women’s world champions and take home the 500,000$ on offer to the winners of each gender.

In a recent interview with Polish commentator: Maciej Swiniarski, Gruszka has a clear appreciation for beach volleyball: "The atmosphere during this tournament is outstanding. I hope that the weather will be good and that many volleyball fans will come. It will be something great".

Piotr Gruszka also brings with him a desire to see his country, and compatriot beach volleyball players like Grzegorz Fijałek and Mariusz Prudel, succeed on the world stage.

Watch this video: http://www.volley...013-ambassador-m6860 for more behind the scenes footage to get to know more about the World Championship's new ambassador.

1 comment

Wilfredo_is_MarshallRS 4447 20
7 years ago
Emanuel Rego retired
Donate to volleyboxDonate to volleybox
0 0