Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 30th 2016 Contents NASSAU---Four Caribbean
sides will be part of the inau-
gural beach volleyball com-
petition at the 2017 Com-
monwealth Youth Games
to take place in the Bahamas.
Jamaica, St. Lucia, Trinidad &
Tobago and hosts Bahamas will
provide teams for both the boys'
and girls' competitions at the
Games which is scheduled for
July 19 to 23.
"Some of the Common-
wealth's finest beach-side set-
tings will be the sporting stage
for beach volleyball when our
exciting and engaging sport is
presented for the first time ever
at the Bahamas 2017 Common-
wealth Youth Games, and then
on the Commonwealth Games
programme in Gold Coast,
Australia a year later," said Ary
Graça, president of the Inter-
national Volleyball Federation
"It's such an exciting time
globally for this fast-paced
and fast-growing sport, and
I've every confidence that fans
will welcome its addition to the
A total of 24 teams are set to
be fielded in the beach volley-
ball competition during the CYG
which will be the largest inter-
national sporting event ever to
be staged in the Bahamas and
the largest-ever edition of the
Games with up to 1,300 athletes,
aged 14 to 18, set to participate.
The boys' tournament will
also feature Australia, Cyprus,
England, Ghana, New Zealand,
Nigeria, Papua New Guinea and
The others contesting the
women's competition will be
Australia, Cameroon, England,
Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria,
Scotland and Vanuatu. CMC
guardian.co.tt Friday, December 30, 2016
T&T set for Youth Games v-ball
Canadian elite swim team arrives for camp
Adam Montserin, the
newly appointed chief ex-
ecutive officer (CEO) of
the Sports Company of
T&T (SporTT), Warren
Solomon, the acting CEO
of the Tourism Develop-
ment Company (TDC) and
SporTT Chairman Mi-
chael Phillips, welcomed
a 13-member contingent
representing Club Aqua-
tique Montreal (CAMO) at
the Piarco International
airport yesterday morning.
The will be based here until
January 10 as part of its swim-
ming preparations which is be-
ing hampered because of the
winter conditions in Canada.
The team's visit was coordi-
nated by the Business Devel-
opment department of SporTT,
in an ongoing effort to position
T&T as a premier destination
for winter training.
The contact was initiated
through Canadian operator,
Magik Tours, whose repre-
sentatives visited the country
earlier in December to scout the
location and make the neces-
After meeting the group,
Montserin said he was pleased
at the effort and expects the
team's stay to be a successful
one. He said, "We have done
everything in our power to en-
sure the team has everything it
need. This is the culmination
of six months of preparation
which we hope will bear fruit in
the near future. A good experi-
ence for CAMO will inevitably
inspire other teams from North
America to consider T&T as a
ASATT President Wendell
Lai Hing praised the initiative,
saying, "We are happy that the
SporTT has taken the lead to
bring teams to use the facility.
Together we will collaborate to
ensure that Trinidad and To-
bago is presented in the best
CAMO coach of Claude St
Jean stated that he is excited
to begin the training camp
and fondly recalled that T&T
Olympian George Bovell was a
former member of CAMO.
The Tourism Development
Company (TDC) assisted
SporTT in hosting the familiar-
ization tour earlier this month
as well as organising the recre-
ational activities. The CAMO
team, including 11 athletes and
2 coaches, dives into their first
training session this afternoon
at the Aquatic Centre.
During the team's stay all
training sessions will be closed
to spectators unless otherwise
Govt should have bought Sticky
Wicket Ground --- Sir Roberts
ST JOHN'S---Sir Andy
Roberts said the gov-
ernment in his native
Antigua & Barbuda
should have purchased
the Sticky Wicket
Ground on its own.
The West Indies fast
bowling legend said
the government made
a mistake when it pur-
chased the venue -- for-
merly owned by convicted
American fraudster Allen
Stanford -- jointly with
the West Indies Cricket
Sir Andy said the gov-
ernment should have
bought the property
solely and leased it to
the regional governing
body, while using it as a
key plank in the develop-
ment of the game in the
two-island state through
its national academy pro-
"That would have been
the best place to house the
Four Knights Academy,"
said Sir Andy.
"If the WICB wants to
use the facilities, then so
be it, but I do not think
that the WICB should
have owned that place be-
cause we need somewhere
to develop our players.
"We have nowhere to
develop our players at the
moment. You can't over-
use the Vivian Richards
Cricket Ground where
you have three practice
pitches and you can't
use them for more than
a week hence, you need
other areas with practice
The Gaston Browne-
led administration an-
nounced that it would
underwrite 50 per cent
of the estimated US $6
million purchase price
for the property. CMC
Sir Andy Roberts...former West Indies bowling great.
The Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago SporTT CEO Adam Montserin, in front left, CAMO Head
Coach Claude St John, CAMO Assistant Coach Dominique Longtin and TDC Acting CEO Warren
Solomon, second from right, pose for a picture with the Club Aquatique Montreal (CAMO) athletes on
their arrival at Piarco yesterday morning.
with Group A draw
KINGSTON---Jamaica are thrilled with their draw for
next February's CONCACAF Beach Football Champi-
onship, after being installed in Group A of the com-
They will play alongside the likes of hosts the
Bahamas, Belize, and Guyana in the February 20-26
tournament, and captain Andre Reid said his side were
more than comfortable with the match-ups.
"We played Belize in qualifying and we won that
game," he told the Gleaner newspaper here.
"Guyana is a team we played already in a compe-
tition in Trinidad. We beat that team also, but it's a
pretty young team from about two years ago. So we
know they're supposed to be coming with something
different this time around."
He continued: "Bahamas should be a really good
game. We played them about three or four times
overall. They have only ever beaten us once."
Jamaica open against Belize on February 20 in a
4:20 pm encounter before clashing with Guyana the
following day at 6:45 pm.
They take on the hosts in the feature 8 pm game
on February 21, ahead of the playoffs which get going
two days later.
Reid said based on the opposition, he expected his
side to definitely get out of the preliminaries.
"The group is a very good group, and, trust me, we
can manage this group," he said.
"We should definitely go through in this group. We
are Jamaicans -- [we have a] never-say-die attitude."
Sixteen teams will do battle across four groups in
the tournament. Barbados find themselves in a diffi-
cult Group B against Mexico, Canada and Guadeloupe
while in Group C, Trinidad and Tobago take on Antigua
and Barbuda, US Virgin Islands and United States.
In Group D, Turks and Caicos face El Salvador, Pan-
ama and Costa Rica.
The winner and runner-up from each group will
advance to the quarter-finals while the two top teams
from the tournament, along with Bahamas, will be
CONCACAF's three representatives at the FIFA Beach
Soccer World Cup in Bahamas 2017 next April. CMC
Matthew fails to
SYDNEY---A tidy all-round performance from Hayley
Matthews failed to spark Hobart Hurricanes and the
Sydney Sixers grabbed a seven-wicket victory over
them in the Women's Big Bash League yesterday.
The West Indies Women's opener hit the top score
of 27, as the Hurricanes, choosing to bat, failed to ease
worries about their batting and were restricted to a
modest 106 for eight from their allocation of 20 overs
in the 25th match of the League at Huntsville Oval.
Matthews, a part-time off-spinner, returned to grab
two wickets for 20 runs from 3.2 overs, but Australia
international Elyse Perry made 44 not out to lead the
successful chase for the Sixers.
The result meant that the Hurricanes remained
in fourth place on the eight-team table with seven
points, but the Sixers improved to fifth with six points.
Matthews and the Hurricanes now take a one-week
break before returning to face Sydney Thunder, whose
line-up includes West Indies Women's captain Stafanie
Taylor, on January 5 at Launceston. CMC
Hayley Matthews had a tidy all-round
performance for Hobart Hurricanes
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