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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 championship.

 

"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 JaVA.

 

"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.