The Cayman Islands will continue to have a major role in regional beach volleyball.
The North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation announced Cayman will serve as the first stop on its annual beach volleyball circuit next year. The NORCECA tour is slated to roll unto Grand Cayman’s Public Beach on 20-25 March, 2013.
Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation public relations officer Carl Brown states Cayman has a major spot for years to come.
“The Cayman Islands are now calendered as the first stop of 11 countries on NORCECA’s international beach circuit,” Brown said. “This is a considerable feat as we have only been provided the opportunity to host a few years ago.
“Each hosting opportunity allowed us to raise the bar on the quality of the event, inclusive of organisation, location beauty/function, athlete and official satisfaction with accommodation, national and community support and compliance with world governing body, the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball.”
Cayman has served as host for the last four consecutive years. In 2011, 40 teams stormed these shores and in 2012, Cayman upped that to some 42 squads. Every edition has grown in size as Cayman attracted 17 sides in its first year in 2009 and 24 clubs in 2010.
A number of powerhouse countries have competed here including the US, Canada and Mexico. The event has become a staple of the Cayman sports scene and the sports tourism line-up.
In 2012, Cayman had a good showing as host nation as Shervin Rankin and Richard Campbell advanced to the quarterfinals. The other male tandems of Philippe Deslandes and Duncan Hamann along with Andrew Gordon and Olney Thompson were eliminated during group play. The lady pair of Jennifer Bily and Cristin Alexander were knocked out in the preliminary stages.
Next year’s NORCECA tour offers 17 stops in total, with Mexico being called upon seven times.