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Nov 15, 2019

Belize District Dominates the National Primary School Championships

Turning to the local competition in volleyball, Championship Games concluded just a few minutes ago at the Civic Centre in Belize City. Belize Elementary School of Belize City and San Marcos R.C. from Cayo faced off in the final round of the national primary school championships. In the end, Belize Elementary won. In the male category, Holy Redeemer Primary School came out on top, beating the team from Saint Matthews Anglican in Stann Creek. News Five’s Duane Moody reports on the tournament today.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

A total of twelve teams, six girls and six boys, from across the country were represented today at the National Primary School Volleyball Championships hosted by the National Sports Council in Belize City. The Civic Centre and the Stars Gym were the venue for games for the boys and girls, respectively. It’s the best of the best that competed today, says National Sports Coordinator, Kaya Cattouse.

 

Kaya Cattouse

Kaya Cattouse, National Sports Coordinator

“To have gotten to this point, they had to have played in their respective districts the tournaments and be the champions to be able to represent their districts here at the nationals today.  I must say that volleyball, with the help of Miss Lupita Quan, has definitely grew over the last couple of years and at the Sports Council, we are happy to harness the talent from this level.”

 

The defending champions in the male category did not make it back to the finals and so 2018 silver medallists from Holy Redeemer Primary School in Belize City were out for redemption. With some of its players having recently returned from the CODICADER Games as regional champions, the team was highly motivated and it showed in their skill level and execution during matches today. Elton Anderson is the team’s coach.

 

Elton Anderson

Elton Anderson, Coach, Holy Redeemer Primary School

“It’s redemption, like I’ve been telling the guys all week with the training. It’s like we felt like we left something here so we have to come back this year. We did everything; we haven’t lost a set yet, we haven’t lost a game yet all the way up to now so we have to win this year.”

 

Duane Moody

“Talk to us about the motivation because I understand that some of your players actually just came back from a regional tournament where you guys medalled.”

 

Elton Anderson

“The motivation is very high. Four out of my twelve players just came back with me from Costa Rica, receiving gold medal in the under-thirteen tournament so the standard is very high for the team. They hold each other accountable and they hold all other players accountable as well.”

 

Duane Moody

“What would you say is the ingredient or the secret to playing good volleyball, you having represented our country as well on the international scene?”

 

Elton Anderson

“Well at this level, the kids have to be dedicated. Most parents are very supportive and we said we as coaches we train very hard. We set a standard for the kids—not only with the sports, with grades. You have to maintain certain grades to play on the team. So everything together and the support that we have been give, I think that is the key ingredient to winning.”

 

In the female category, Belize Elementary School, who is representing the Belize District this year, came out trailblazing. Its captain, twelve-year-old Gisel Alamilla is formidable and guided her team to victory. She has been playing the sport from standard three and is precise in her delivery. After taking out the Corozal team, Alamilla spoke to News Five. She says it’s about discipline and team work.

 

Gisel Alamilla, Team Captain, Belize Elementary School

“It’s a lot of pressure, but we could keep it inside of us and still put it away. Once we start the game, we could get rid of all our fears and we just play volleyball.”

 

Duane Moody

“Now you guys are once again the top two teams that will head off to determine who is going to win overall. What’s your anticipation for it?”

 

Gisel Alamilla

Gisel Alamilla

“I am excited and I know everyone is excited for it. We’re gonna head over to civic right now to go. Well we’re gonna play hard and tough.”

 

Duane Moody

“Talk to us about leading a team. You’re the captain. What does it take, in your opinion, to lead a team?”

 

Gisel Alamilla

“You have to keep a straight face, don’t show fear. You have to show everyone that they can do it. Every time, I tell them good try cause you can’t get every ball. Everyone makes mistakes.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.


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