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Tobago's YMCA Aqua Warriors
national swimmers Ornella Walker and
Bradley Thomas, alongside Trini-
dad-based, Tobago-born Marquise Nel-
son and Malik Nelson, copped four med-
als at the recently concluded CCCAN
The event ran from June 22-July 2 and
consisted of most swimming disciplines
like Open Water, Swimming, Water Polo,
Diving and Synchronized Swimming.
In the Open Water event, Marquise
Nelson took bronze in the 3000-metre
swim behind teammates gold medallist
Nicholai Blackman and silver medallist
Malik Nelson meanwhile claimed silver
medals in the 400-metre medley relay
and the 400-metre freestyle relay in the
Boys' 13-14 category.
The relay team of Malik Nelson, Chris-
topher Dieffenthaller, Jonathan Constan-
tine and Aqeel Joseph narrowly missed
gold in a time of 3:44.72 behind Bahamas
(3:44.57). And in the 400-medley relay,
the team comprising of Malik Nelson,
Delroy Tyrell, Christopher Dieffenthaller
and Aqeel Joseph again claimed silver in
a time of 4:11.28 behind Bahamas, who
clocked a winning time of 4:06.66. Nel-
son additionally placed fifth in the 100-
metre butterfly event and seventh in the
100-metre freestyle event.
Ornella Walker teamed up with Ileana
Bocage, Racine Ross and Amira Pilgrim
to claim silver in the 400-metre medley
relay in a time of 4:33.33, behind Puerto
Rico's record breaking 4:27.12.
Walker, who swam in the Girls' 15-17
category, also placed sixth in the 200-
metre backstroke, seventh in the 50-metre
backstroke and eighth in the 100-metre
Bradley Thomas also placed seventh in
the both the 100-metre and 50-metre
backstroke and eighth in the 200-metre
The T&T won the coveted CCCAN title
and created history by becoming the first
ever English-speaking country to claim
the title. The team, which featured Aqua
Warriors assistant coach Rochelle Pierre
as a member of the technical staff,
returned with an overall medal haul of
65 medals (21 gold, 26 silver, 18 bronze).
Overall, T&T scored a combined total of
1,259.5 points, ahead of Puerto Rico
(1,217.0 points) and third place Costa Rica
Ornella Walker, left, and national assistant
coach Rochelle Pierre.
From left, Malik Nelson, national assistant coach Rochelle Pierre and Marquise Nelson.
T&T earn first ever CCCAN team title
Host T&T retained its title with a 3-1 set win
over Martinique as the 16th Senior Caribbean Zonal
Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Men's Champi-
onship concluded at the National Cycling Centre,
Balmain, Couva, on Sunday.
After losing the first set 23-25 in the best-in-five
title match, T&T rebounded to take the next three
sets 25-17, 25-16, 25-23, to keep hold of the title
they won on home soil as well in 2014.
It was the third title in the last four editions of
the competition for T&T, now coached by former
player Sean Morrison, who was part of the team
who lifted their first crown in 2010 in Suriname.
Prior to the title match, ten-time winners Barba-
dos defeated tournament debutants Haiti 25-19,
25-15, 27-25 for third spot.
On Saturday night, T&T reached its second straight
final when it overcame Haiti 22-25, 25-20, 25-21,
25-22 in semi-final two.
Coming off of three straight 3-2 round-robin pool
wins for an automatic semi-final spot, T&T, cham-
pions in 2010 and 2014, stepped up their game to
silence a very determined and confident Haiti squad.
Leading the way for the reigning champions was
middle blocker Mikheil Hoyte with 18 points, high-
lighted by 13 spikes and five blocks, while Brandon
Hoyte added 15, captain Ryan Stewart 13 and Mar-
lon Phillip ten.
For Haiti, Claude Antoine was the lone player in
double figures, scoring with 11 points, while
Jacques-Antoine Frederic added nine, Newsbornson
Glezil got eight and captain Irvens Benjamin seven
in the loss.
After three nervous wins before their home crowd,
it was the best showing in the tournament by the
T&T players, as they outscored the Haitians on
spikes 57-42, blocks 9-3 and service aces 4-2. How-
ever, Haiti was kept in the key not only by their
fighting spirit but with the help of the host country,
who committed 40 errors to the visitors, 27. With
the win, T&T set up a final showdown
In the other semi-final, Martinique outlasted
Barbados, 28-26, 25-20, 14-25, 25-23.
Both T&T and Martinique assured themselves
places in the third and final round of qualifiers to
the 2018 FIVB World Championship in Bulgaria and
Italy and the 2017 NORCECA Continental Champi-
onship in Colorado, USA, from September 24-Octo-
ber 2. (Trinidad Guardian)
CAZOVA MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS
Tobago's Paralympian Akeem Stewart is
excited to begin his quest for gold at the World
Para Athletics Championship. Stewart left last
Saturday with the first contingent of the
national team for London, where the games
take place from July 14- 23.
Speaking ahead of the event, Stewart
expressed his confidence.
"I think I have a really great feeling espe-
cially towards the shot-put because that is my
main event. I haven't been competing much
with the discus or javelin," he said.
Stewart is the record holder in the F44 Jav-
elin and a silver medallist in F44 Discus. He
is also the 2016 THA Sportsman of the Year.
The Division of Sport and Youth Affairs
offered best wishes to Akeem and the team as
they pursue sporting excellence and world
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