Anneliese Abela - 4 October 2015
The Australian Masters Games have always been about having fun and giving it a go, and for long-time volleyball player Kane Li, that’s what sport is all about.
The thirty-four year old from Adelaide has been playing volleyball for twenty-four years, starting with ‘mini volleyball’ in year six at primary school.
“I really enjoyed it when I first started, couldn’t get enough of it, and from there I went on to play in high school and for South Adelaide in the junior,” Li said.
“I didn’t go really high up or anything, I just had fun and enjoyed myself.”
Li’s love of volleyball started at a young age, which is why he now manages and coaches the volleyball program at Eden Hills Primary School, to help kids today find a passion for the sport.
“I love everything about volleyball, even if the junior kids can only just get the ball over the net, and just like to hit it back and forth, it’s all about having fun,” he said.
“There’s a lot of moving and energy in volleyball and the key thing is everybody can play it, even at different levels.”
This year is Li’s second Masters Games, after participating in volleyball at the last Adelaide Games in 2011.
He says he loves the atmosphere and energy of the Games, which offer Australian adults the opportunity to compete, socialise with other participants and enjoy their sport.
“I like how the Games are quite casual, but at the same time a bit serious; you have older and younger teams playing alongside each other and we’re all able to laugh with one another,” he said.
“It’s great because everyone’s got different levels of experience.
“There’s people who were really strong players back when they were younger, they don’t have the same power anymore but they’ve still got the skills set so they’re quite controlled and can out skill the people who hit really hard but don’t have much control.”
Li is competing in two teams this week out at Brighton High School, the Austral Mixed 30+ and Austral Men’s 30+.
This morning the Austral Men’s 30+ played against Why Not-Tornado (M40+), winning with a score of 3 sets to 0, and both the Mixed and Women’s Austral teams won every match today.
“I’m really enjoying the Games so far,” Li said.
“I definitely think you form a connection with your team and if there’s an opportunity to come together and connect with people in volleyball, it’s great.”
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