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UWI St Augustine student Isiah
Pollard received high commendation at
the World Karate Union Hall of Fame
Championships and the Legends Hall of
Fame Championships held June 21-22
and 28-29 respectively in Pennsylvania,
At the World Karate Union Hall of
Fame Championships, Pollard won three
first place belts in weapons katas, self-
defence and sparring. He also added a
third place medal in katas and two grand
championship crowns in weapons katas
At the Legends Hall of Fame
Championships, he was awarded two
first place trophies in katas and weapons
katas respectively, two third place
trophies in traditional katas and team
demonstration respectively and a 6ft
grand championship trophy for weapons
katas. Pollard, 25, was T&T's team
captain under the T&T Unified Martial
Pollard was also nominated in the
Extraordinary Contributions to the
Martial Arts category at the Legends
Championship event and was recognised
as an International Competitor and
Ambassador under the World Karate
UWI student praised at USA tourney
T&T senior women s volleyballers will be con-
fident of making a winning start when they serve
off their bid to earn the 24th and final spot at the
FIVB World Championship in Italy against 55th
world ranked Panama from 8 pm tonight.
This will be the second match of a double-header
to begin the Final FIVB North, Central America and
Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA)
Women s World Championship Qualifiers at the Uni-
versity of the West Indies Sports and Physical Edu-
cational Centre, St Augustine. It will be preceded by
an encounter between the two other main contenders,
Mexico and Costa Rica from 6 pm.
At the end of the round-robin tournament on Sun-
day, which also includes 46th ranked Nicaragua, the
top ranked team will qualify to the World Champi-
onship from September 23 to October 12. They will
go directly into Group C based in Verona where first
round matches against USA, Russia, Thailand, Nether-
lands and Kazakhstan await.
The five teams still in the hunt to reach Italy all
qualified to the Final Round after ending second in
respective Third Round qualifying groups, which
were held from May to June. USA, Dominican Repub-
lic, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Canada are the teams to
reach Italy thus far from the NORCECA region.
In the opening rounds, T&T defeated Bahamas,
Guadeloupe and Suriname in Round One while it
then swept past Barbados, Honduras and Anguilla
in Round Two before ending as runner-up to host
Cuba in Round Three in May.
Panama, meanwhile, outclassed Haiti, Dominica
and Grenada in Round One while it overcame Bonaire,
Belize and El Salvador in Round Two ahead of a run-
ner-up spot behind USA in Round Three.
Speaking on the eve of his team s opening match
and his debut as senior team coach, Nicholson Drakes,
who took over the reigns following the sudden res-
ignation of eight-year coach, Cuban Francisco
Panchee" Cruz said his team will be taking it one
match at a time.
"We don t know much about the Panamanian
team because we have not played against them in a
while and also have not participated in the same
tournament over that period.
"So even though we will consider ourselves as
favourites to get the win, we have to approach the
match with some caution as we don t know what
level to expect from them.
"It s in that regard we have prepared ourselves to
play any time of game they come with and will be
able to make the necessary adjustments," added
Commenting on his elevation to the post as coach,
Drakes said it took a while for the players to get focus
following the changes.
"It was not something that we expected. For me
personally I always had ambitions of being coach of
the national team, but I did not expected it to be so
"However, I have settle into the role because I have
been with the team for quite a while and know the
players well. So for us its about continuing the process
and not trying to make too many sudden changes."
Leading the Calypso Spikers is veteran Kelly-Anne
Billingy, one of eight players who was part of the
team that also reached the last round of qualifiers
four years ago en route to Japan.
And following their second placed finish behind
host Cubans in La Habana in their Third Round series
after topping their First and Second Rounds groups
in Suriname and here on home soil respectively,
Billingy said the team is ready to give everything as
this is the last chance for most of them to play at
a World Championship.
She said: "Over the last couple weeks we have had
to overcome a lost of adversities, which I believe has
brought us closer together as a unit while helping
us to focus much more as well."
Daymian Stewart, president of the T&T Volleyball
Federation was very confident that the team would
qualify for Italy.
With respect to the hosting of the final round,
Stewart, who was also present at yesterday s session
on a spanking new playing court said hosting the
tournament even though it is setting the federation
back financially was all about giving the team the
best chance to qualify.
Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children
and the public is being asked to come out in their
numbers wearing red, white and black to support
the national team as they aim to make the best of
this final opportunity to create history for themselves
and this country.
Calypso Spikers tackle
Panama in World qualifier
The Panama women's volleyball team listenens to their coach ahead of a training session at the University of
the West Indies Sports and Physical Educational Centre, St Augustine, yesterday. This was in preparation for
their match with T&T from 8 pm tonight at the same venue in the Final Round Norceca Women's Qualifiers to
the FIVB World Championship which is scheduled for Italy in September. PHOTO: ANTHONY HARRIS
Kelly-Ann Billingy (captain), Krystle Esdelle, Rheeza
Grant, Jalicia Ross-Kydd, Channon Thompson, Marisha
Herbert, Courtnee-Mae Clifford, Darlene Ramdin, Aisha
Sealy-Morrison, Makila Yorke, Abby Blackman, Sinead Jack.
Technical staff: Nicholson Drakes (coach), Idalmis Moya
Gato (assistant coach), Sean Morrison (assistant coach),
Esseil Seecharan (assistant coach), Rolando Boza Cruz
(physiotherapist), and Ian Williams (massage therapists).
Women's Final Round
Mexico vs Costa Rica,
T&T vs Panama,
Panama vs Mexico,
T&T vs Nicaragua,
Panama vs Mexico, 6 pm
T&T vs Costa Rica, 8 pm
Costa Rica vs Panama, 6pm
Mexico vs Nicaragua, 8pm
Nicaragua vs Costa Rica,
T&T vs Mexico, 6 pm
Closing ceremony, 8 pm
West Indies and
MVP following the
"Maybe if it was
the Port of Spain
Red Steel that
might be more
T&T Cricket Board
(TTCB) CEO SURUJ
agreement with the
move to remove
Tobago" from the
Red Steel franchise.
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