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Valiente, Paraguay’s
great hope for the future
Michelle Valiente is the rising star of Paraguayan volleyball. By
the age of 14, this precociously talented teenager had already
participated in the South American Under-18 and Under-20
Championships, as well as making her competitive beach
volleyball debut – all of which suggests she more than lives up to
her surname, which means “brave” in Spanish. She was born in
Fernando de la Mora, a city with little over 200,000 inhabitants on
the outskirts of the capital, Asuncion. It was there, at the age of
eight, that she first played volleyball. “There you can play a game
of volleyball on the courts on the streets and have a lot fun.”
NORCECA
Jamaica eye the
next generation
The Jamaica Volleyball Association’s (JaVA) efforts to develop the
next generation of players have taken a step forward with the
introduction of a National Under-13 Training programme. Some
150
boys and girls, chosen from mainly prep and primary schools
are taking part in the programme, held at five centres across the
country. The programme got under way in December and Major
Warrenton Dixon, the JaVA president, said: “Our intent is to be able
to defeat any team in the world in the medium to long term and
initiating and sustaining a grass-roots feeder programme is essential
to the achievement of that goal.”
CONFEDERATIONS
Valiente (right) draws
inspiration from the example
of Natalia Malaga (left)
Some 150 boys and girls, chosen from
mainly prep and primary schools are taking
part in the programme, held at five centres
across the country