VOLLEYBALL: Olympic dream for duo

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TWO local volleyball coaches are hoping to be involved in next year’s London Olympics.

Ben Cook and Tim Barzycki, who both play, referee and coach in Spalding have got through the first stage of the process by being interviewed at the Excel Centre in London, one of the venues for the 2012 Games.

Almost 250,000 people applied to become Games Makers and this has already been reduced to around 100,000 to be interviewed over the next six months.

Cook and Barzycki will not know the outcome of their interviews until the autumn.

Cook said: “I don’t mind which sport I am involved with, as long as I am involved in the Olympics in some way.”

And Barzycki said: “It’s a once in lifetime opportunity and too good to miss.”

Both are coaches at Spalding Junior Volleyball, who play at Spalding Grammar School on Mondays from 6.30pm-8pm. Barzycki then coaches a women’s group until 9pm as well as a youth group who meet on Thursdays from 6.30pm-9.30pm also at Spalding Grammar School.

Cook is chairman and vice-captain at Spalding Volleyball Club.

Jill McDonald, CEO and president of McDonalds UK, one of the presenting partners of the Olympics said: “The London Olympic and Paralympic games are a fantastic opportunity for the UK to shine – and up to 70,000 Games Makers will be there, giving their time, energy and expertise to make sure they are a truly great games.”