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Sep 14, 2016

Team Belize introduced ahead of regional qualification tournament in men’s volleyball

In sporting news, there is a major championship tournament coming to Belize next week, in the sport of volleyball. Belize is hosting the International Volleyball Federation’s World Championship qualification tournament for our region from September twenty-fourth to thirtieth. All Central American countries save the higher-ranked Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic are participating. This afternoon the Belize Volleyball Association introduced the press to Team Belize, an interesting mix of youth and experience. The President of the Association is Allan Sharp.

 

Allan Sharp, President, Belize Volleyball Association

“And they began in the Under-21 and the Under-19; but you are correct, that about half of the team, if not more than half, are from the Under-23 and some are from the Under-21. This is good because the Belize team, because of the level of volleyball raising every year in Belize, a lot of it has to do with a strong local competition, as well as trying to get the teams out as much as possible to the international competitions. And the Under-23 in particular was a very strong team; a very strong group of guys, and so what we did was take the best of the Senior and add it to the Under-23. So yes we have a system, and a lot of very good athletes are coming along to add to the program.”

 

The youngest member of the team is sixteen years old and the oldest, Police Constable Ean Galvez, is thirty-seven and has been playing volleyball for Belize since the year 2000 – sixteen years ago. Seven of the final twelve-member team have participated at junior level for Belize, and some played in the recent Under-23 Central American championship where Belize came fourth.

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