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Volleyball teaches more than winning or losing

Aug 20th, 2016 | By | Category: Editor's Picks, Front Page Layout, Latest News, News, Sport


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Holy Family J Squad with coach, Annie Patelesio relieved after a long day of volleyball.

Over 2500 children in 325 teams took part in Sportsfest at ASB Sports Centre in Rongotai on Tuesday.

Among the teams competing was the Holy Family volleyball team.

Annie Patelesio who coaches Holy Family’s J Squad says volleyball is not just about winning or losing and hopes her team learns more from Sportsfest than just playing sports.

“I hope they learn a bit of teamwork, a bit of confidence but mainly teamwork.”

Holy Family’s volleyball team competed alongside 10 other volleyball teams from around the Wellington region.

J Squad were newcomers to the sport but managed to develop with each game

“This is their first time playing in volleyball, they’re all new to the game,” says Annie.

The Holy Family volleyball team has only been training for a week leading up to the event.

“These guys only had last week, half an hour a day,” she says.

“They were still learning how to hit and how to set.”

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Madison at the net during a Holy Family final game against St.Francis De Sales.

A 45-22 win against St. Francis De Sales in the finals placed J Squad at seventh place overall.

Annie coaches both volleyball teams from Holy Family and got involved to support her son who played in the Holy Family Uso’s volleyball team.

Mrs Patelesio says she is learning how to coach kids.

“I’m still trying to put my competitive side aside and make it about the kids, but it’s been a good event.”

Sportsfest is run by Wellington City Council, Primary Sport Wellington and 11 regional sports organisations and the day is about fun, friendship and fair play.

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