Jorge Perez Vento shares his Olympic experience with Baja
California young talent in Mexico
TIJUANA, Mexico, September 24, 2014.- Former volleyball player
and coach Jorge Perez Vento is at the Baja California High
Performance Center, sharing his experiences with the Sports
Talent Program young athletes.
Perez Vento Machado competed at the Olympic Games of Montreal in
1976, in Canada, as member of the Cuban Team, that captured the
Bronze Medal, four years after the representative of the
Caribbean island finished tenth in Munich.
His experience as player has been key for the teams and athletes
that train hard at the Olympic Center located in Northern,
Mexico, and also his work as head coach in different circuits
and leagues has a great value for the new generations.
He coached at the Puerto Rican League where he received de
distinction as Coach of the Year 2008, with the Guaynabo Mets.
His work also was fundamental in the big steps taken by the
Dominican Women’s Volleyball Project that achieved a big success
after winning medals at the Central American and Caribbean
Games, as well as Pan American titles, like the one conquered in
Santo Domingo 2003.
A great Dinasty
Jorge Perez Vento is not the only one surrounded by volleyball
in his family. His brother Jose Ramon is in charge of the
referees coordination at the North, Central American and
Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) and is also member
of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB).
Also his nephew Josmer (son of Jose Ramon Peres Vento) has a
very close relationship with volleyball. He has participated as
international referee in many competitions such as continental,
Pan American and World Championships.
Josmer has been nominated as officer for the Age Group World
Championships celebrated in 2013 in Baja California, Mexico, and
is now at the FIVB Women’s Senior World Championship in Italy as
a Norceca referee.
The Baja California sports program has grown a lot and received
many benefits after international exchanges. Along with
volleyball, some other disciplines have experienced a very
important evolution with the contribution of Olympic caliber
Just like Perez Vento, a few years ago, another Olympian and
medalist of the 1976 Games worked with the Baja California
Project. Victor Garcia Campos, who played along with Perez
Vento, helped the young girls of Baja and Mexico to increase
their performance level with their state and national teams.
Many of the girls coached and instructed by Garcia, became part
of the U18 National Team that claimed a Silver Medal at the Pan
American Age Group Cup in 2011.
Some of those girls also have been part of the Junior and Senior
national teams, like the ones that are competing now at the FIVB
Women’s World Championship in Italy.
Another part of the minor categories has worked under the
direction of another Olympian, like Evelyn Carreras Pichardo,
who played at the Games of Athens 2004 with the Dominican
National Team, that a year earlier won the Pan American Games
title in Santo Domingo.
A few years before, Cuban star Norka Latamblet, who played with
the Morenas of the Caribbean, also shared her knowledge with the
program, after playing for the legendary Eugenio George, who
passed away recently.
Olympic legends at the Sports Institute
When talking about Olympic Wrestling, Wilbert Sanchez, also set
a blueprint while he stayed in Mexico. The Cuban-born World
champion in 1992 in France and Bronze Medalist at the Olympic
Games of Barcelona in that same year, contributed to the
detection and preparation of young wrestlers.
Sanchez, who has been considered as one of the Best 100 athletes
of the XX Century in Cuba, received in 2012 the Gold Button by
the International Wrestling Federation along with Filiberto
Azcuy. He actually is part of the State Sport Administration in
his homeland, Cuba.
Some other olympic medal athletes and participants that have
helped the grassroots program was Juan Roberto Hernández Sierra,
winner of four Boxing World Titles and two Olympic Silver
Medals. He won second olympic place twice, at the Games of
Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996