Technique Talk: Meet Doug Mulitalo

Let’s get to know Doug Mulitalo from the Melbourne Spikers Volleyball Club.

With three years of Volleyball under his belt, Doug is a seasoned player who has competed in volleyball tournaments both locally and interstate.

How did you become involved with the Spikers?

“I first became aware of the Melbourne Spikers Volleyball club from friends who have been involved with it. At the time, I was still fairly new to Melbourne and I was looking for a good way to meet some people and do something sporty. After a few invitations, I finally checked out a Tuesday evening training session and as I suspected, I was pretty awful but it was so much fun.”

What is your personal aim this season?

“My personal aim is to compete in an international tournament at an A-grade level. This I hope to achieve in February 2016, when Auckland hosts the 4th Asia Pacific Outgames.”

What is your favourite position on the court?

“I love playing as a Middle player. It’s a physically demanding position where you need to move quickly. There’s a lot of instant satisfaction in being able to successfully defend opposing hitters while winning points at the same time.”

What training drill do you dread the most?

“In the initial, all of them! Learning the basic fundaments of digging, setting and spiking can seem pretty daunting, especially when you haven’t played since you were a kid. It took a few months of these drills for the training to begin to cement and also for me to be a little less awkward.”

Do you have a nickname on the team?

[Laughing] “Ha! Yeah of course I do… and no further comment”

What has been your biggest achievement with the Spikers?

“I have a few big personal achievements with the Melbourne Spikers, both on and off the volleyball court. A key highlight has been, being a committee member. I have been on the committee for the last 2 years and I’ve been fortunate enough to do some really cool things within the GLBTI community. I also now get to welcome people, who just like me, have been looking to connect socially and do something healthy.”

Why would you suggest people get involved with the Spikers?

“The Melbourne Spikers offers a fun and friendly environment. We have 150+ current members and we cater to all skill levels, from those that have never played to those that have never stopped playing. We’re a sociable group that enjoys getting together and we host events like an annual trivia night, wine tour and run two national tournaments each year.

In my experience, it has been a great place to connect with people away from the clubbing scene or even dating apps. Spikers has brought together some really cool people and we’d welcome anyone that wants to come along.”

If you would like more information on the Melbourne Spikers you can contact them from their Team Melbourne club page.

For more stories like Doug’s check out the Team Melbourne news feed and feel the passion members have for their clubs and teams.

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