Brazilian legend to assist Jamaica’s beach junior teams
KINGSTON, Jamaica, May 28, 2013 - The efforts of the Jamaica
Volleyball Association to prepare its teams to compete in the
U-19 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships will receive a
significant boost when renown Brazilian volleyball and beach
volleyball player and coach Jacqueline Louise Cruz Silva visits
Jamaica from May 29 to June 13.
As a player, Silva was a member of several successful Brazilian
volleyball and beach volleyball teams, including winning the
gold medal at the inaugural Beach Volleyball Olympic Tournament
in Atlanta 1996.
She currently coaches Brazil's Junior National Team and JaVA
intends to draw on her knowledge, experience and competence to
further prepare the national U-19 teams for the world
"Competition at this level is a first for Jamaica in volleyball
or beach volleyball so our players will have a very daunting
task ahead of them," stated Major Warrenton Dixon, President of
"Mrs Silva's input will therefore make a big difference as we
seek to address capability gaps in the children's technical and
tactical competencies. We are therefore grateful to the Jamaica
Olympic Association (JOA) for negotiating this assistance
through the Brazil Olympic Association (BOA)."
While in Jamaica, Silva will work alongside local beach
volleyball coaches, O'Neil Ebanks and Kevin Patterson to help
prepare the boys team of Rojey Hutchinson and Shavar Bryan and
girls pair of Tionna Graham and Lisanne Roofe for the
Championships to be held in Portugal from July 11-14.