Volleyball catches everyone’s eye this week and it all started on Saturday with a community event at the Arts and Recreation Centre in Camana Bay.
Sports minister Mark Scotland and director of sport Collin Anglin were there to witness the Honouring Women’s Month Volleyball Promotion, organised by Merta Day, coordinator for the sports department and Noel Williams, president of the volleyball federation.
The main sporting attraction this weekend is at Public Beach with the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation tournament, which runs from Friday to Sunday, so it was fitting that the women’s team representing Cayman, Jennifer Bily and Cristin Alexander, were there to lend their support and add a bit of lustre.
Williams said: “This is a very exciting day for us. We have two community volleyball tournaments going on, one in East End and one in West Bay.
This is Honouring Women’s Month and we have a partnership with the sports department through Merta Day. She called me a few weeks ago and because of that this is all possible.
“We joined hands in getting all these youngsters out and the older folks who played volleyball before so it’s a beautiful thing here. We have so many youngsters and vets combining to have good family fun.
“The sports department does a different sport every year and they’re featuring volleyball this year. Hopefully, we can continue something like this independently and we don’t have to wait for Honouring Women’s Month. We’d like to do this at least once a month.”
Day said: “Noel has been fantastic, what with the NORCECA tournament coming up we weren’t sure whether we’d be able to pull it off because we weren’t able to find a venue. We didn’t want to do it outside, fearing it would rain.
“Noel responded gloriously, with all the youngsters out here. We’re glad to showcase a different sport every year to highlight what girls and women have to offer.
“What’s primarily good about this event is that people are coming from all pockets of the country.
This works well because we’ve got the youngsters and we’ve got the older ones who we need as the human resources to be the leaders and help run programmes and you’ll have a system that feeds youngsters into the national programme.
“We also have a basketball promotion for tot girls from age four to seven.That starts on Saturday here at Camana Bay from 10am to 12.30pm.”