Between July 21-24, 2011, 16 teams from 6 countries battled in Belize for the right to be called champions of Central American beach volleyball. While Costa Rica reigned supreme in both the male and female competitions, all the athletes are champions of their respective countries and displayed a beauty and grace unmatched on the sand courts of Central America.
Here is a photographic record captured by award winning photographer Tony Rath of the grace of movement; the intensity of emotion; the spirit of sportsmanship; and the strength, beauty and grace of the athletes in motion.
Tony Rath is a professional photographer based along the shore of the Caribbean Sea in the picturesque town of Dangriga, Belize. He is a trained marine biologist and has worked as a diver and underwater photographer for the Smithsonian Institution; diving on oil rigs off California; and captaining a sailboat across the Atlantic Ocean and through the Mediterranean and North Seas. Tony first visited Belize in 1979, and moved there permanently in 1988. Since then he has explored and photographed most of Belize by land, sea and air. He has also photographed the neighboring countries of Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico. He founded, along with his wife Therese, Naturalight Productions, Belize's premiere Internet marketing company. He now leads the special projects division of the company. The company created and manages numerous award winning websites.