NORCECA Development Plan paying fruits in Bermuda
BERMUDA, March 28, 2012 – Two years ago, Volleyball was only a
recreational sport in Bermuda practiced by former players who
for different reasons ended up working in the island.
Today, the popularity of the sport has grown thanks to the
development plan of NORCECA Confederation and it is a different
story from the time when just a handful of native Bermudians
played the game.
Bermuda has now a Women’s National Team to represent the country
next June in the first round of the Qualification Tournament to
the 2014 World Championship to be held in St. Kitts and Nevis.
The National Junior Team that will represent Bermuda in the
competition is exclusively a product of the initiative of the
NORCECA Development Program.
The team is composed by a group of enthusiastic youngsters who
have made huge progress since they started in the program in
2010. Those players include Khianda Pearman, Melissa Fiddick,
Michela Elberly and Kristyn Dale, who play as outside hitter,
middle blocker, setter and libero respectively.
Those athletes had their first experience in organized
volleyball when they took part in the Junior ECVA Tournament and
are considered as big prospect for regional volleyball.
“We are very satisfied with the results attained in a very short
term”, NORCECA Instructor Juan Cartagena said. “The program has
the support of NORCECA and the goal is to continue developing
and elevating the level of volleyball within the region.”
The plan now, Cartagena added, is to expand the program in order
to cover the area of beach volleyball.
“We are very optimistic about the future of volleyball and beach
volleyball here,” he said. “And I am pretty sure that is the
case in the other islands of the Caribbean.”