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Zara Dampney


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Zara Dampney, born 10 June 1986 in Christchurch, Dorset, England is a British beach volleyball player, and former indoor volleyball player. She has been chosen as one of the two players to take the home nation qualification spot at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Dampney was born in Christchurch on 10 June 1986, and lived throughout her childhood in Dorset. She played indoor volleyball while she was a student at Parkstone Grammar School, and after school went to the University of Sheffield where she studied for a Law degree. She competed for British adult team in indoor volleyball at the age of sixteen and was a member of Wessex Volleyball Club.

After completing her University degree, she made her début on the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball tour in 2009, and was part of the first British team to compete on the tour for a decade. The team finished in ninth position in that event, which remains Dampney's highest finish on the tour. While she was on the tour, along with her partner Shauna Mullin, she sold advertising space on the back of her bikini bottoms, hosting a QR code for bookmaker Betfair. These two female beach volleyball champions rented out their bums in an advertising deal that encouraged spectators to take a good look at their behinds. Both Zara Dampney and her partner Shauna Mullin, 26, have turned their bottoms into their bottom line by wearing bikini briefs with a Quick Response (QR) code printed on the back where it will certainly catch the eyes of spectators.

When photographed on a smartphone, the code takes the user to a specific website - in this case, for bookmakers Betfair. Britain's first choice beach volleyball pair competing for London 2012 - are said to have been paid a substantial five figure sum by the betting company Betfair for the sponsorship rights to their bikini bottoms. They are otherwise funded by the National Lottery. They competed at the Olympic test event in London, and won all of their group games, but were defeated in the second knockout round by the Brazilian team who went on to win the tournament.

During the warm up to the Games, the pair played a demonstration match in Parliament Square, opposite the Houses of Parliament. Dampney and Mullins were awarded the host nation place for the beach volleyball at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, where the events are due to take place on Horse Guards Parade. They will be the first British pair to compete in the sport at an Olympic Games. As of the announcement that they are to compete in the Olympics, Dampney and Mullins were ranked 37th in the world. Zara came ninth in her FIVB World Tour debut in Norway during 2009, being part of the first British team to compete in the tour for a decade. Despite three more World Tour tournaments, the debut is still her highest finish. Dampney also has a 13th place finish from the CEV European Tour.

See more at: www.dampneymullin.com

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