Wellington volleyballers scramble for funds

JULIA HOLLINGSWORTH
Last updated 12:20 03/05/2012
Kimberly Chin
Taking aim: Kimberly Chin demonstrates her ball skills.

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A newly-formed Wellington women's volleyball group is offering its services to fundraise for upcoming competitions.

They will do babysitting, catering, car washing or gardening - but not anything that involves nudity or wearing bikinis.

Anna Moriarty, the team captain, said it would be good for team bonding.

The 12-strong team, which has yet to decide on an official name, is hoping to fundraise $18,000 to compete at the nationals in Nelson, attend warmup tournaments and buy a new kit.

The women are putting in some of their own money, but the large cost of nationwide competitions is prohibitive, particularly for the students in the team.

"To be competitive, it's really good to get game time," Moriarty said. "We'd like to get out of the region for sure."

They are also willing to give naming rights to a suitable sponsor, and to wear sponsors' logos on their uniforms.

The Wellington team was established earlier this year by coach Andrew Fok, who has played volleyball for 20 years. "I love the game, I love to coach, I love to see good volleyball," he said.

Most of the team had been playing in other Wellington clubs, but wanted the chance to really work on their game and compete at nationals, he said.

The team has a range of experience, from high school students to women who have played at a national level. The players are aged from 17 to 35.

"It boosts the school kids' confidence," said Kimberly Chin, one of the players. "They can gain knowledge and experience from people who have already been there.

Some of the players were friends and wanted to play in a team together.

"We're very much competitive when we get on the court," Moriarty said.

Fok said volleyball was a fringe sport in terms of its exposure, but that the secondary school volleyball nationals were the biggest secondary school sports nationals, with 1500 competitors.

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- The Wellingtonian

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