Clinics start the fun

World class volleyball returns to the Cayman Islands soon and for the next couple of weeks all roads will lead to Public Beach in preparation for the start of the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation series.

First up tomorrow (Saturday) is a free clinic for anyone aged between 10-17 from 9am to noon. An adult clinic will then run in the afternoon from 2-5pm at a cost of $30 per person.

In conjunction with the NORCECA beach volleyball tournament the Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation is sponsoring the youth clinic.

The clinic will be run by two visiting professional beach volleyball players from California; Stafford Slick honed his skills at the University of Minnesota and moved to California to play professionally four years ago.

He is a representative of USA beach Volleyball, the Association of Volleyball Professionals and has competed on the NORCECA tour.

Marcin Jagoda played at the Crespi High School and University of California, Los Angeles then played professional indoor volleyball in Europe for three years.

Then he relocated to California to continue his professional career on the beach circuit. He currently holds the most NORCECA points of any USA men’s player.

Besides the clinics, they are also here to coach Cayman’s men’s and women’s teams. Cristin Alexander, the current Miss Cayman, who made her international debut in this tournament last year, will be competing again.

In a few days Randy Stoklos will be here to train the Cayman players and Sinjin Smith will arrive for the finals. Both are legendary in the sport and credited with pioneering the beach game as it is today.

The NORCECA tournament is being held at Public Beach from 25-27 March. For the third year running it is the first tournament in the series, which is a great honour for such a small volleyball-playing nation like the Cayman Islands.

In fact, so well organised and warmly received is the tournament here that the Cayman Islands has already emerged as one of the top four beach volleyball events the world over.

There will be at maximum 16 countries that will field female and men and women teams, and by having Singin Smith here, it will add to the tournament’s lustre.

Also, Ana Paula Rodriques, the two-time Olympian from Brazil will attend. FIVB, the world volleyball governing body, is sending representatives to assess the Cayman Islands as a venue for a World Championship event.

The event is presented by The Department of Tourism, The Ministry of Health, Environment, Youth, Sports & Culture, FirstCaribbean International Bank, Cayman Airways and the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee, with media sponsor caycompass.com

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