Frank Sound will pave the way

Cayman volleyball is focusing on the positives after the recent world championship qualifier in Frank Sound.

With another event slated for next month, Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation public relations officer Carl Brown states the sport will reach new heights on these shores.

“From here, it is envisioned we can approach the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball for the youth championships and FIVB Games,” Brown said. “That will bring great opportunities and allow the next generation national team to be competitive on the international stage.

“It can also open the gateway for coaching resources from FIVB. It will also allow great opportunities for scholarships, which is one of the primary objectives to grow the sport. Young people can go on to play at the collegiate level in the US and carry the Cayman name over there.”

The annual Cayman Airways Spikefest event is slated for 9-11 November. Cayman will be challenging teams from Jamaica, Bahamas, the US and Barbados. Games are slated to take place at the Sir Vassel Johnson Hall of the University College of the Cayman Islands. It is the second major indoor event for local volleyball.

North Side played host to the first competition, the 2014 North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation World Championship Men’s First Round Qualifier. Matches took place at the new Clifton Hunter High School Sports Centre in Frank Sound.

Cayman, serving as host nation for the first time ever, had an abysmal showing, going 0-4 and missing out on next year’s second round of qualifying. All three of the visiting countries, Aruba, Barbados and Suriname, would advance.

Representing Cayman were Shameel Javid Ali, Martin Bodden, Richard Campbell, Duncan Hamann, Cassim Fareed Hosein, Keeble Knight, Joebert Macasling, Ryan McGuire, Brian Purcell, Davison Ruwende and Olney ‘OT’ Thompson. Keith Higgins served as player/coach with Kennedy McGowan as team manager.

Though the national team struggled, Brown states Cayman is destined to improve.

“As we get opportunities to host events of that nature, we can advance ourselves materially and the medal tables are more accessible. Sports tourism can then become more of a feasible leg of the economy and we can do an invitational.

“It should be noted that at the next NORCECA beach event here in March 2013, ESPN is supposed to be coming. The reward from that would be immediate as the country is highlighted in a positive way.”

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