The End of an Era, Sun of a Beach retires after 30 years

Photo Credit: Sun of a Beach


Brandon, MB August 3, 2018 – The Assiniboine Community College Students’ Association bids farewell to Westman’s largest indoor volleyball tournament, Sun of a Beach, after 30 year celebration.


In November of 2017, the Assiniboine Community College Students’ Association (ACCSA) celebrated the 30th anniversary of the community event, Sun of a Beach. The anniversary celebration hosted 60 teams, which included 420 players and featured a grand prize giveaway of a tropical vacation for two, a fan favorite tradition costume contest, and a celebratory social at Houstons Country Roadhouse.


2017 not only marked the 30th anniversary of the tournament, but also the third year of the event being held in November. The decision to move the tournament from March to November was intended to make the tournament more accessible to Assiniboine students and college alumni. Annual event reviews identified no significant increase in student or alumni participation and highlighted the need for a substantial investment in equipment and event expenses would be required.


In a series of meetings of the ACCSA Council, it was determined that the long-standing tournament should be retired. “It’s difficult to say goodbye to such a well-established event within our community, but it was the right decision for the sake of our students. We are pleased to have been able to see it off with our 30 year celebration. Our team is looking forward to implementing initiatives that will better serve ACC students in the future.” – Tulsa Labonté, 2018-2019 ACCSA President.


The Assiniboine Community College Students’ Association is a not-for-profit organization, which exists to support students attending the college. Our mission is to encourage student success by being the voice of the students while enhancing the student life experience.  For more information about the Assiniboine Students’ Association and our events, please visit