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Jenny coaches BBC presenter live

If you are a BBC radio presenter with the challenge of trying as many Olympic sports as possible while the Olympic Games are taking place in Rio then you are going to want to try volleyball. Of course you need a coach to teach you the basics and convey to your listeners that volleyball is a fun sport. That is what happened this morning on BBC Radio Oxford and who was the coach?

Step forward Jenny Boorman from Calne Comets.

Despite only have a few minutes before going on air, Jenny managed to teach the presenter Lilley Mitchell enough about volleyball that she mentioned making a flat surface with her arms when digging and creating a star (well close enough Jenny normal refers to a diamond shape) in front of her forehead when setting – concepts that we recognise from Jenny’s sessions here in Calne. It all sounded good fun and you can listen to the recording on iPlayer for the next 30 days (the bit with Jenny starts at time 02:22:15).

Pre-season runners-up

The WVA pre-season tournament was held on Saturday (26 September) at Lavington School. There was only one Comets team (consisting of Cliff, Neil, Jörg, Matt Walker, Dan, Anji, David and Irénée). The first match was against Devizes Barrels against whom the Comets scrapped through. Next up was Olympiad and a fairly even match until the last five minutes when some fine serving from Dan opened a gap to give a decisive victory). Victories against Salisbury and Melksham and a narrow 27-25 loss to Devizes 6X saw the Comets through to the final. However, it was at a price as Irénée injured his ankle. With Neil and Dan as well as Irénée having already departed for other commitments, the Comets were unable to match 6X and had to be satisfied with the runners-up trophy.

Award winners

Congratulations to the award winners at tonight’s AGM:
Player of the year: Jörg Steimer and Dan Smart
Coach’s award: Dan Smart
Junior player of the year: Charlie Adams and Jess Ball
Junior coach’s award: Andreas Casas