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Siesta Key Volleyball with SpikeKey

August 05, 2009

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Don’t know about you, but I have always enjoyed a game of volleyball. I’m talking about participating and trying to win. Pure amateur participation and I’m talking company picnics, family get together or just an occasion at the park or beach. I am now 66 years old, overweight and under exercised. Have not always been 66, but for the most part, have always been overweight. Living at Siesta Key Public Beach has allowed me to entertain myself by watching amateur and professional volleyball competition that is “competition”. Lot’s of teams, sponsor supported and fun to watch in what is literally my front yard.

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Recently I was handed a copy of a publication called “SpikeKey Beach“. My first thought was, ‘what is SpikeKey?’ and once I browsed through the magazine it was obvious they were talking beach volleyball, my front yard beach events that will probably completely replace my fascination with the Siesta Key Drum Circle every Sunday late afternoon and evening on Siesta Key Public Beach.

Once I drilled much deeper into the publication and discovered that a much better question would have been ‘who is SpikeKey?’, even though what is SpikeKey is a proper question at this time because who is SpikeKey has made it more than them. Hope you followed this.

London 2012 OlympicsMegan Wallin and Kristen Batt are SpikeKey. Megan, 26 year old 6′ 3″ graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School in Sarasota and lettering in 3 sports and Michigan State University graduate on a sports scholarship along with Kristen, 26 year old 6″ 1 ” Venice High School and University of Kentucky graduate on a sports scholarship are SpikeKey. A beach volleyball team of two young athletes who compete in AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) and have focused on representing the United States of America in Beach Volleyball in the 2012 Olympics. I am not sure what we can do to help SpikeKey achieve this goal for them, Siesta Key, Sarasota, Florida and the USA, but this blog page is my start.

Megan Wallin is the sister of Brett Wallin who is Sarasota Florida’s best fish monger and owner of Walt’s seafood restaurant. I would give you their website in a link, but it is still being developed and have been told that it is going to be great and I will be one of the first to know when it is ready for prime time. In the meantime you can check out Walt’s on the Sunset Royale website on our “foodie” page. Megan gives private volleyball lessons on Siesta Key. Between their busy schedules these athletes train, practice and compete in a sport that will hopefully bring then a gold medal.

Megan and Kristen are in training and very focused on a lofty goal. Their volleyball coach is Bob Parker. Bob has trained many AVP athletes and was selected to the United States Senior Olympics games. He has over 30 years of experience and is nationally known for his knowledge of volleyball. Their Siesta Key trainer is Vern Gambetta. Vern is recognized internationally as an expert in training and conditioning. He has worked with world-class athletes and teams across the country. Vern was the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and Director of Athletic Development for the New York Mets. He was also the strength & condition coach to the US Men’s World Cup team in 1998. You now know about SpikeKey and how to source more information, additionally you have been told once more on this site of Walt’s and last, but not least become a SpikeKey supporter by obtaining a free SpikeKey membership for more beach volleyball information and Siesta Key competition dates along with more SpikeKey updates. What could be better than to watch a volleyball competition with our own SpikeKey the next time you stay in favorite Siesta Key Beachfront Condo?

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