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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, June 17, 2015
T&T s top men s beach volleyball pair of Daneil
Williams and Fabien Whitfield created history when
they became the first local pair to compete at an
FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam event.
This after the Toco-born duo, who earlier this year
topped the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association
(CAZOVA) Men s Olympic First Round Qualifiers
towards the NORCECA Continental Cup for the Rio
de Janeiro Olympics 2016 on home soil in May along
with team-mates Abraham Josiah Eccles and Tevin
Joseph, debuted at the double-gender FIVB Beach
Volleyball World Tour St Petersburg Grand Slam,
Pinellas County, Florida, yesterday.
However, the pair could not make it as memorable
as they had hoped, and went under to Austrian pair,
Thomas Kunert and Christoph Dressler in the first
round of the two rounds of qualifiers of the main
draw of the 51-team event, 18--21, 14--21 in 39 points.
Despite the loss, the players who are preparing for
the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, later
this year, expressed gratitude for the opportunity
and were happy for the experience of playing in such
a prestigious event.
Whitefield said: "It s a great feeling and it allows
as a team to get to the level and compete consistently
against these quality teams.
Williams added: "It s a great experience and moti-
vation for us to play and also to train harder. We
realise that we can compete against thee top teams,
we just have to put in more work and get the right
support systems in place."
So far this season, Whitfield and Williams also
had a ninth-placed finish in the 2015 NORCECA
FIVB GRAND SLAM QUALIFIERS
Beach Circuit Tour opener in Cayman
Islands, back in March.
The pair qualified to compete in Cayman
Islands without dropping a match or set in
the first phase of the T&T Volleyball Fed-
eration s five qualifying tournaments and
then played unbeaten in the second phase
of qualifiers, four tournaments, as well,
between March/April, to get the nod for the
Pan American Games carded for Canada in
The run of nine straight competition wins
by the Toco duo tied the feat set by women s
pair, Ayana Dyette and Nancy Joseph,
achieved between last year and the opening
tournament of this season.
Eccles and Joseph were runners-up in
the local qualifiers to earn the other T&T
team spot for the CAZOVA Olympic qualifier
which was held at the National Development
Centre, Saith Park, Chaguanas.
Today, national women s pair, Ayanna
Dyette and Malika Davidson will start their
bid for a place in the main draw of the 48-
team women s tournament when they com-
pete in the first of two rounds of qualifiers.
Dyette and Davidson, who are also prepar-
ing for next month s Pan American Games,
have been seeded 16th for the event and
will tackle the 17th seeded pair which will
to be determined by a draw in the after-
Williams, Whitfield bow out
...Dyette, Davidson debut today
KINGSTON---West Indies middle order batsman
Marlon Samuels has launched a foundation aimed
at supporting the blind and visually impaired in
The idea of the foundation came about after
Samuels was partially blind for two weeks from a
ball which hit him on the head during a match in
the Australian Big Bash T20 tournament two years
After recovering from surgery to repair a fractured
eye socket, the 34-year-old pledged his support for
the blind and visually impaired with a donation of
$50,000 to the Salvation Army School which helped
five students with their examinations.
"This is basically a charity that is in aid of the
blind and disabled, and what it is going to be doing
is rally people from the industry, both sports and
corporate Jamaica to just give to the charity," Samuels
"The funds collected will then be handed over to
the various entities that will deal with things related
to the blind and disabled."
Among those attending the launch Monday, at
Samuels residence in Jamaica s south east parish of
St Andrew s, were West Indies head coach Phil Sim-
mons, former pacer Courtney Walsh, West Indies
bowling coach Sir Curtly Ambrose, and limited overs
Captain Jason Holder.
Samuels, who also bowls right-arm off-spin, is
yet to confirm the name of the charity. (CMC)
charity to support
Jamaica's blind and
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