Rokill Managing Director, Alec McQuin is delighted to announce Rokill as the headline sponsor for Vicky Palmer and Jess Grimson’s bid for a medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games being held on Australia’s Gold Coast in April. Together they form England’s #1 Beach Volleyball team.
“They represent all that you could wish for as exemplars of commitment, determination and the qualities that enable success, despite the obstacles that occur. They endorse by their actions, our company mission statement, To be the Best that we can Be, perfectly ”
Rokill’s association with volleyball goes back to 2012, when they first sponsored Wessex Ladies Volleyball team, based at Leaf Academy in Bournemouth. Rokill Director Chris Turner remembers attending games at Leaf Academy where Vicky and Jess both played and also awarding Jess the MVP (most valuable player). Things have moved on with the pair dedicating themselves to beach volleyball.
They have overcome adversity to reach the Commonwealth games, with no official funding, they have sought help from family, friends and sponsors to achieve their potential. Over the years they have been told they are too small, didn’t stand a chance and wouldn’t make it! Injuries along the way made the task seem almost impossible at times.
However, the minute you talk to Vicky & Jess you realise that they have an aura of confidence, are single minded and are totally committed to be the best they can be. Their dream of representing England and hopefully winning a medal at the Commonwealth Games is now within their grasp.
Over the past 5 seasons the favourite moment for Vicky has to be their First ever national title win in Margate. Coming in as the underdogs against two very experienced and well decorated players in only their second year playing together. They continued for a further two years to retain their national titles, becoming 4 x national champions.
For Jess her favourite moment happened in the continental cup 2nd round where they had to play a Golden match to take the overall win as a country. “We came up against two Olympians and played some of our best volleyball on their home soil, to finish 1st and qualify for the next Olympic qualification event in Greece.”
2017 was an extraordinary year for the pair. From starting the season they hit the ground running, going full time with a coach. After the first year on the World Tour, combined with working, they soon realised that to continue their improvement they would need to stop working and train full time. With qualification for the Commonwealth Games the dedication has paid off.
Alec is delighted that the support has helped them on their way and he wishes them continued success in Australia, they certainly deserve it!
Photo credit Shealan Faere Butler
Jess started playing Volleyball when she was 13 at her high school. She played indoor volleyball for a few years with her local team Ashcombe and made her way up into the National League for the senior team. She became part of the England Junior squad from the age of 15 for a number of years, but having played some recreational Beach Volleyball tournaments developed a bigger love for the game. She attended the University of Bath where the Great Britain programme was based and from the age of 19 started to get into full time training. The rest is history!
Photo credit Steve Smith
Vicky first started playing volleyball at the age of 13 for her local team, Wessex. From this experience Vicky fell in love with the sport. She began her volleyball career while studying at Bath University, where she was selected to play and train in the GB beach program, where she went on to play both European and World Tour tournaments. After university, Vicky moved to Sheffield to play for the women’s GB indoor team. During her time in the squad, she was fortunate to play overseas in countries including Peru and Argentina. In 2010 Vicky moved to Belgium to play professionally for two years. In 2012 she went to the London Olympics as an ambitions athlete. After the 2012 Olympics, Vicky made the tough decision to move back to England where she then teamed up with Jess and commenced their beach careers together.