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Apollo SPYKE! Women’s Volleyball

A Women’s Only Event!

Community by Dallas Barnes and Sam Casselman (From GayCalgary® Magazine, February 2011, page 42)

Apollo Friends in Sport has granted the wish of many women in Calgary by sponsoring SPYKE! Women’s Volleyball from January 9th to April 17th.

Sue Bossley, creator of SPYKE!, was interested in starting an all-women’s volleyball league after much feedback from the Lesbian community of Calgary. It was apparent that many of the women in the community were seeking an all-women league as it was often less intimidating for new players, and would provide a rare all-woman space for athletics.

She generated interest in the event through a posting on Facebook. After much discussion, and a negotiation amongst members, a day of the week was decided, and negotiations with Apollo began. A location was finally secured and SPYKE! was born.

This is not a new event that Bossley has organized. Last year, she created BYKE!, a bike riding group for women interested in getting out and about in the spring and summer for some fabulous bike rides. This venture was a success, and continues to run in the spring and summer. Information on BYKE! can be found on its Facebook page.

Apollo Spyke! Women’s Volleyball is held on Sundays from 7 to 8:30pm at the YWCA Downtown. Skill levels range from novice to beginner and all women are invited to participate. It is meant to allow women to have fun while getting fit and enjoying the game of volleyball.

Attendance is growing every Sunday as word gets around. Bossley is happy with the attendance and is excited about the future.

Fees are reasonable, and get less expensive with higher attendance. In order to participate in any Apollo events, an Apollo membership is required. This costs $20.00 a year, and you can purchase it either at the Spyke! event or online from Apollo’s website.

The Drop-in Fee, as mentioned, is dependent on attendance, and ranges from $5 to $8 per person. If you are a non-member, you can try out the event for $10.00 a night for a maximum of three nights. The drop-in costs cover facility fees.

Sue encourages people to come and try it out. "It is fun! It is a great way to meet other people in your community. It is also a comfortable setting to learn a sport you’ve always wanted to try, or renew your interest in it."

To find out more about on Apollo’s SPYKE! Volleyball for Women, look for it on their Facebook page under or contact Sue Bossley by E-mail.(GC)

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