Volleyball conjures various images: the bronzed figures who frequent Sydney's beaches, the effortless leap, and the satisfying sound of a hand slapping a ball over the net.
The exclusivity of this picture can seem rather intimidating, but in various sports halls around Sydney, people of all creeds and fitness levels can take part in volleyball competitions and social matches.
The official wing of volleyball in NSW can be found on Castlereagh Street in Sydney's Central Business District. State Volleyball NSW organizes competitions for state representatives in various age groups. It is also possible to take part in courses in order to gain qualifications as a coach or referee.
Operating under State Volleyball NSW is a collection of clubs and associations in various locations around Sydney.
In Sydney's north-west, the Baulkham Hills Volleyball Club takes part in competitions at both an amateur and professional level. Baulkham Hills Volleyball has a liberal open-door policy in its social competition, but there are also a variety of ways to contact the managing hierarchy.
The Manly Warringah Indoor Volleyball runs social training evenings at Mackellar Girls High School in Manly Vale. The mixed social indoor games run on Sunday nights at the Northern Beaches Indoor Sports Centre. Also located in Sydney's North is the Northern Beaches Volleyball Association. Even as the summer months slowly recede, there can be something appealing about taking to the shore for some beach volleyball.
With so many options available, it is possible to create your own perfect image of volleyball.