Saint Lucia players capture attention of media in Nanjing
NANJING, China, August 21, 2014 - They are not going to win a
medal at this Youth Olympic Games, but they are a big example of
what Olympic Spirit is all about.
Saint Lucia’s duo composed by Skye Destini Faucher Mondesir and
Dala Diana Noel, have captured the attention of accredited
media, and also conquered the curiosity of the Youth Information
The Games are a sport celebration for the young athletes in
Nanjing. As part of the main goals, there is the one that looks
to rescue the fight and friendship spirit to the new
generations, no matter where they come from.
Thus, the Caribbean players share their impressions with the YIS
in Nanjing. “We used to play indoor volleyball, only when we
heard about the chance of the games, and that indoor volleyball
was not in the programme we did start training on the sand,”
But it is not about matching another rival in front of the net.
There are many factors that also play a very important role.
Humidity, wind and weather have been a challenge for many of the
players at Olympic Park.
However this didn’t stop the Caribbean duo to have a good start
at the games, by winning two matches against Tuvalu and Nigeria.
After that, they lost against María Rotti and Lia Fortunari, of
Uruguay (7-21, 4-21) and Esra Betül Cetin and Selin Yurtsever of
Turkey (11-22, 6-21).
Faucher Mondesir is only 16 years old and probably beach
volleyball has not a great popularity as other sports despite
having optimal places to practice it, like natural beaches. That
is a big challenge for these youngsters.
“It is always a challenge for us to get the money to travel to
competitions, although we also get a lot of help from the
Federation. We don’t get much [funding], so we keep going thanks
to supporters and fund-raising activities”, Faucher said.
Friendship value and camaraderie, are two great constant things
preached in the Youth Olympic Games. They also constitute an
extra element in this great adventure.
Both players are so different, and that’s why they complement
“Skye is the loud one. If I hear her screaming I’ll jump and
wake up, I would know that I have to focus,” Noel expressed
about exchanging instructions on the court.
“Dala doesn’t speak much. I have to read her body language to
know when she needs a boost,” Faucher Mondesir remarked.