Athletes at net co-ed event


NEW GLASGOW — Spring volleyball kept local athletes busy recently during a tournament at New Glasgow Academy.

Coach Rae Gunn called it a “fun and friendly” co-ed event and a “great way to be active with friends” while introducing more youth to the sport and raising money for club teams called the Invasion.

The funds raised go toward registration fees for Volleyball Nova Scotia provincial championships this month in Halifax.

“It was a successful day — players had lots of fun, promoting the sport in the area, raising the profile of the Pictou County Invasion Volleyball Club among youth and their families and raised over $1,100 for the club,” Gunn said. “It’s used to keep the registration fee at a reasonable rate and provide supports to our volunteer coaches to increase their certifications and reduce travel-costs.”

The Invasion club consists of eight teams with a maximum of 10 players on each team, resulting in 80 youth taking part in the tournament, Gunn said.

The players are in grades 9 to 12 and come from parts of Pictou County and surrounding areas.

Teams must be a mix of girls and boys and have at least three girls on the court at all times.

Teams were divided into two divisions for the tournament — competitive and recreation.

“There’s lots of interest in doing another event soon,” Gunn said.

Teams of various ages regularly work out at the G.R. Saunders School gym in Stellarton.

Anyone interested in donating to or sponsoring the club can contact the club administrator at for more information.

Taylar Austin, a Grade 9 student at Northumberland Regional High School, prepares to serve during a recent volleyball game. Austin is also a member of the Pictou County Invasion Volleyball Club’s Under-16 girls’ team. (Jess photos)