Jamaica celebrates successful U-13 event
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica, April 15, 2013 - St Thomas and St James
went away with the bragging rights and gold medals in the girls
and boys section, respectively, of the first JaVA National U-13
Inter-Parish Volleyball Competition held at Herbert Morrison
High School in Montego Bay on Saturday 13 April 2013.
Interestingly, St Thomas, who topped the preliminary round of
the competition by defeating all their opponents except
Westmoreland, turned the tables in the finals against
Westmoreland, winning 21-12, 21-16.
On the boys’ side, although Westmoreland displayed some
attractive volleyball skills for their age, as it was in the
preliminary round so it was in the finals. Westmoreland topped
the preliminary round defeating all their opponents except St
James and when both team met again in the finals and St James
proved themselves to be no fluke by coming out straight sets
winners, 21-13, 21-20.
The competition realized the first opportunity for the Jamaica
Volleyball Association (JaVA) to examine the girls and boys
playing in separate competitions at this age. Both the JaVA
Primary-level schools competition and the National U-13 Parish
Training Centres are conducted as unisex activities.
Steve Davis, JaVA's National U-13 Programme Coordinator,
expressed satisfaction with the quality of play displayed in the
"It was very good to see our girls in particular showing that
they are able to grasp the skills being taught to them and to
play competitive matches," Davis stated.
He further revealed that there were twice as many boys enrolled
in the Programme. "We have seen the boys in the school
competition stepped up and compete. Although there were girls in
the said competition they were usually overshadowed by the boys.
We therefore decided to separate them and encouraged the girls
to make a good account of themselves. I am very pleased with
what I saw," Davis concluded.
JaVA is currently negotiating to have teams visit Jamaica from
overseas in order to further expose the children to
quasi-international competitions at an early age.
"I've seen several of our technically competent athletes wilt
under the pressure of international competition," stated Major
Warrenton Dixon, President of the Jamaica Volleyball
Association. "While we are building their technical competence
we desire to start building mental toughness in them from now.
We have no intention to wait until we believe they can beat a
visiting team before we start; we want to do this concurrently.
“We are hoping that corporate Jamaica will lend some much needed
support to this and other initiatives we are undertaking to
increase the quality, reach and popularity of volleyball and
beach volleyball in Jamaica," he concluded.