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Jul 2, 2021

Bryton Codd Tapped to Play Professional Volleyball in Finland

History was made today for the volleyball sport when for the first time a Belizean athlete was signed to play professionally in Europe.  He is the third athlete from the Central American region to be drafted to play professionally in that part of the world.  Twenty-six-year-old volleyball player and News Five anchor Bryton Codd has been chosen to play with a team in Finland for the next two years. It is a dream come true; something Codd says he has been working hard to achieve.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

It was a momentous occasion inside the Mexico Sports Center this morning when his volleyball family as well as his parents and siblings observed in awe as Bryton Codd signed the official documents to play professional volleyball with a team from Finland.

 

Bryton Codd

Bryton Codd, Professional Volleyball Athlete

“The contract is a two-year contract from August first 2021 to the thirtieth of April 2023; this is to play with Team Perpo, which also goes by the name Lakkapää in Rovaniemi Finland. What this contract covers is the athlete’s salary. But beside that, it covers accommodations which the team will be responsible for. It covers transportation. It covers access to athletic therapists and masseuse two times a month. It covers meals from Monday to Friday. This is such a huge opportunity for me. It is a dream being actualized. As I always tell athletes: define your purpose, follow your dreams, work hard, stay disciplined. Ensure that you are inspiring others in the process.”

 

Now twenty-six, Codd started playing the sport at the age of seventeen – his talent and discipline advanced him to the national team shortly thereafter and to opportunities to represent the country for international matches. Destined for greatness, in 2018, he nabbed an athletic scholarship with Briercrest University in Canada. Fast track to 2021, in less than a month Codd will be off to Finland. Coach Albert Humes, who has been training Codd even up to today, speaks about his perseverance.

 

Albert Humes

Albert Humes, Coach, National Volleyball Team

“The age that Bryton took up this sport, his chances of reaching this level is very slim. But Bryton is a special athlete.  I always tell my athletes that you can all have the motivation, the ability, but with the right attitude, you could climb mountains. Bryton, you did it the right way – no shortcuts, no excuse; just old fashion hard work.”

 

Luis Salgado

Luis Salgado, Head Coach, Team Perpo

“We can find diamonds over here in Central America. I get a great opportunity many years ago; I played as a professional in Europe for ten years. Thanks to God, I have been working for this opportunity to be a coach at one of the great teams in Finland. And I left many open doors and then I touched one of those that were opened. And one of the things I think about for building a team, I want to build a team with one Central American player and this guy is Bryton.”

 

While it is a dream come true for Codd, President of the Belize Volleyball Association Allan Sharp says that this contract with the Finnish Club opens doors for many other athletes.

 

Allan Sharp

Allan Sharp, President, Belize Volleyball Association

“There’s been a lot of opportunities opened. This year, we’ve had at least six athletes out. And I can tell you one of the recruiters came down and he wants to bring teams next year to Belize and coaches because you see more when you actually come. The B.V.A. on its part, will do anything in its power to support Bryton through his two-year contract in Finland and as part of that work and assistance, normally when you do these transactions, there is a ton of paperwork which we still have to do. There are transfer fees and all kinds of fees and the BVA has decided we will not try a penny to anybody so that Bryton can get this historic opportunity for Belize.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.


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