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Level I volleyball course completed in Jamaica

Two of the 29 candidates had to leave the course early for medical reasons, but the rest were certified in a closing ceremony on Saturday
Kingston, Jamaica, November 22, 2012 – Twenty-seven coaches from 18 Caribbean countries in the region, including nine Jamaicans, were certified as international Level I volleyball coaches after a two-week course organised by the Jamaica Volleyball Association (JAVA) and the FIVB at GC Foster College.

In an article published in the Jamaica Observer on Wednesday, JAVA president Warrenton Dixon said the goal of improving knowledge of the game and developing quality coaches was accomplished – although two of the 29 candidates had to leave the course prematurely for medical reasons.

“We expect this to improve the development of the sport across the island, and throughout the region,” said Dixon. “And if the sport is being developed around the region, it can only have a positive impact on us.”

Dixon sees a continuing role for JAVA in building the future of Caribbean volleyball.

“The Level I course is just the start; the real pudding is the development that comes years after,” he added.

Individual awards were presented to Kurtwood Lyndon from the Bahamas for being the best participant in both practical and theory, while Jamaica’s Namarie Gordon was the best student overall and Shantal Carter the best female student in the practical sessions.

FIVB course director Anthanasios Papageorgiou — who worked alongside FIVB instructor Ramiro Hart and Yohanna Mota, assistant director of the Regional Development Centre — led the intense course which lasted up to eight hours each day.

Papageorgiou said the main aim was to impart knowledge on the various forms of the game and on basic tactics.

“The students got a lot of new knowledge and learned about new aspects of volleyball; That's important because there are many different ways to introduce volleyball,” said Papageorgiou. “This was very good for the participants.

Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) president Mike Fennell, the guest speaker at the closing ceremony on Saturday, congratulated the participants on completing the course and encouraged them to put everything they learned into practice.


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