Ipswich volleyball players Josh Williams and Jason Sims, with Craig Gillett and Kristof Boot, set the world record for the longest straight volleyball match with a 30-hour game.
Ipswich volleyball players Josh Williams and Jason Sims, with Craig Gillett and Kristof Boot, set the world record for the longest straight volleyball match with a 30-hour game.

Duo stretch game to new record

THIRTY hours, 63 games and 137 sets.

That is the new world record for the longest game of beach volleyball, held by a group including two Ipswich players.

Josh Williams and Jason Sims were half a group that smashed the record for the longest match, all in order to raise money for prostate cancer research.

The pair, along with Kristof Boot and Craig Gillett, took to the sand at the Brisbane City Indoor Sports Centre over the weekend, where they played for more than a day.

"The old record was 25 hours and 39 minutes," Mr Williams said.

"We beat it by more than four hours.

The four played two-on-two volleyball with no substitutions and only five-minute breaks every hour for more than a day straight.

"As soon as we got to 30 hours we pretty much just all collapsed.

"It was pretty much non-stop beach volleyball for 30 hours straight.

"We're all pretty stoked we managed to do it. We're absolutely wrecked, but stoked.

"It was a really good couple of days."

According to Guinness World Records the existing record was set by four German players.

At just under 26 hours, the record for "longest marathon playing beach volleyball" stood for two years almost to the day.

Mr Sims' and Mr Williams' record-beating game was all for a good cause, with the game being used to raise money and awareness for the Mater Foundation and prostate cancer research.

"We really wanted to do something to help the Foundation, they do such great work.

"We decided going for the record by playing for 30 hours seemed like a pretty great way to fundraise."

As well as claiming the record they raised more than $7000 through their game.

"We've raised more than $4000 on our website and more from raffles and other donations. And that's still growing, too.

"It's a great cause, we just did what we could to raise a bit of awareness and money by doing something different."

Mr Williams said the group was still fundraising to help the Foundation's prostate cancer research even after the match.

 

To donate to the cause visit everydayhero.com.au and search for 30 Straight for Prostate.



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