Boost to local volleyball

MELBOURNE couple Simon and Tash Alexander arrived in Coffs Harbour last month and will be a big boost to the development of volleyball in Coffs Harbour

They both started playing at high school in Year 8 and met in 1995 while playing for the same volleyball club in Melbourne.

Simon has been playing continuously for 28 years representing various regional teams in Tasmania, Queensland and Victoria through school and university competitions as well as playing in regional tournaments throughout the East Coast of Australia.

For the last 15 years he has been playing in the Eastern Metropolitan Volleyball League in Melbourne with a very successful record in the Premier division of the competition.

Tash began playing school volleyball in Newcastle in 1985 representing the Hunter region in a State tournament in Year 11.

Following High School she played for Monash University in Melbourne’s State League competition.

She also played in a women’s A Grade competition, including regional tournaments as a member of another volleyball club and then played with Simon’s men’s team in the Croydon District Volleyball Association for a few seasons.

Tash has decided to rekindle her volleyball career in Coffs Harbour after 10 years.

Junior scheme produces two new stars

Two students from the Coffs Harbour Volleyball association have made the North Coast CHS Volleyball squads for the 2010 State titles in March.

It may seem small but the two girls from Coffs Harbour High School are only in Year 9 and both girls have exceptional talent.

Georgia Newell and Else Boccanfuso have only being playing since Year 7 and have been developing as volleyball players.

Any business house prepared to help send these players away can contact Adrian Pickup and he will send you in the kids’ parents direction to assist the girls.

Both girls have for two years come through the training provided by Coffs Harbour Volleyball at Sportz Central.

Both these girls are hoping more school students take the training offer and come and learn to play volleyball.

Currently the association has its biggest school influence coming from Orara High School with a Year 8 team playing with around eight girls and also a combined Year 9 10 and 11 group of boys and girls.

Tori Anderson is the captain who also has spent the last two years in the Thursday training.

John Paul College has a Year 11 team playing and the young Hit and Run team are getting stronger each competition.

Two new Year 7 girls have turned up last week and are looking for Year 7 and 8 girls and guys to help form a JPC younger team.

The training sessions are every Thursday afternoon from 4:30pm to 6pm and just prior to the competition games played at Sportz Central.

Sportz Central manager Adrian Pickup is also the junior development officer for Coffs Harbour Volleyball and has been boosted each year with an influx of senior volleyball helpers.

With the development of these children comes the opportunity for the parent to play in our family competition which is played on Thursday nights at 6:30pm.

This allows the parents to play alongside their children which doesn’t happen in many sports.

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