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Marte Hoffiz visits TTO Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago, April 24, 2017 – NORCECA president Cristobal Marte Hoffiz paid an official visit to the minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Trinidad & Tobago, the honorable Darryl Smith to discuss the collaboration between the sport government agency and the Trinidad & Tobago Volleyball Federation.

Mr. Hoffiz outlined the potential of Trinidad & Tobago Volleyball and the tremendous achievement of qualifying for the World Grand Prix, the first CAZOVA (Caribbean Zone Volleyball Association) member country to qualify for the prestigious annual event. 

Trinidad & Tobago will be hosting the second leg of the Group 3 event from July 14 to 16.

Marte Hoffiz attended the important meeting accompanied by Nicole Selvon and Vaughn Martin, president and vice president, respectively, of the TTVF and Francisco Cruz, head coach of the TTO women’s national team.

Also present in the meeting were Natasha Barrow and Garvin Warwick as secretary and advisor of the minister of sport, as well as Michael Phillip, Adam Montserin, Anthony Blake and Kairon Serrett representing the Sport Company of Trinidad and Tobago (SPORTT).

The Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs confirmed TTVF’s intent to host two important NORCECA events.

Those tournaments are:

The World Championship’s final round qualification tournament where Trinidad has a unique opportunity to create history again by being the first CAZOVA member country to qualify for the World Championships.  This event is scheduled in the month of October 2017, and the NORCECA Beach Tour Tournament in November 2017.

The Minister of Sport fully endorsed these tournaments and pledged his support to the Trinidad & Tobago Volleyball Federation as host.  The meeting ended cordially with the Minister of Sport presenting Mr. Marte Hoffiz with a gift on behalf of the people of Trinidad & Tobago, in appreciation for his dedication and support to Trinidad & Tobago Volleyball Development.

Marte Hoffiz also took opportunity to visit the president of the University of Trinidad & Tobago, Professor Clement Imbert to discuss the establishment of a volleyball regional development center in collaboration with the National Olympic Committee, the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs and the Volleyball National Federation.