Jamaica coaches serve off training in Brazil
Kingston, Jamaica, September 15, 2012 – The head coaches of the
Jamaica Volleyball Association (JaVA) male and female national
teams, Steve Davis and Gatasheu Bonner, will be embarking on a
coach development program in Brazil that begins today and runs
through to October 2.
This focus on coach development is a continuation of JaVA's
mission to transform volleyball and beach volleyball into a
major sport in Jamaica.
The development opportunity for the coaches was initiated when
JaVA president, Major Warrenton Dixon, attended the FIVB World
Congress in Italy in 2010.
"At the Congress I had discussions with Dr Ary Graca, president
of Brazil Volleyball Federation, regarding the provision of
developmental assistance to Jamaica and he was very amenable to
the request," Dixon stated in a media release yesterday.
"After necessary follow-up planning and preparation we are now
at the point of execution," the JaVA boss continued.
Davis pointed out that Brazil is the world's most successful
volleyball and beach volleyball nation and he was of the opinion
that the South American nation's record puts them in a position
to be the authority on coaching both genre of the sport.
"I intend to soak up as much as I can, not only from a coaching
perspective but also administratively," Davis was quoted as
saying in the release.
Bonner was equally enthusiastic about the opportunity, stating
that he expected the knowledge garnered from the exposure to
significantly enhance and improve his skills and position him to
continue contributing to the positive direction in which
volleyball and beach volleyball is headed in Jamaica.
The tickets for the trip were sponsored by the North, Central
America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation. The Brazil
Volleyball Federation will cover the cost of accommodation,
meals and ground transportation.
Major Dixon revealed that further opportunities exist for other
coaches and administrators to receive this kind of exposure in
training, but funding for airfare remains a limitation.