South American Women's Club Championship set to begin
The competition will take place from February 24 to 28 with six teams from Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia and Uruguay participating. It is hosted by Club Gimnasia y Esgrima, one of Argentina's most important women's clubs. The winners will qualify for the FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship later this year.
The presentation was attended by City Hall Mayor, Julio Garro, but also by City Hall General Secretary, Javier Mor Roig, FeVA Under-Seretary and Tournament Director Fabian Ramon, Club Gimnasia y Esgrima de la Plata President Daniel Onofri and La Plata Volleyball representative Alicia Casamiquela. A ceremony was held to open the first ever South American Championship in Argentina in the presence of the two Argentine teams of GELP and Club Vila Dora, part of the Club Olympic team from Bolivia and coach Juan Ferreira from Uruguay.
"We welcome and thank everyone, and are very proud of holding this competition in our city. We also greet the teams in this year's event. We are happy to help Argentine volleyball to keep developing," said City Hall Mayor Julio Garro.
"For the Argentine Volleyball Federation it is a great challenge to organise such an important continental competition. We chose La Plata because volleyball and specially women's volleyball is very important here. Las Lobas (GELP) and the Casamiquela family are the symbol of the growth of our sport in this city," said FeVA representative Fabian Ramon.
For GELP President Daniel Onofri, who presented the City Hall Mayor with the official t-shirt of the competition, "This competition is a great test for our club to show its ability to organise such a tournament."
Last but not least, Alicia Casamiquela said: "I love this country, I love the city, I love volleyball and I love this club, so this competition can only be a great pleasure for me. Thanks to everyone for making it possible." Casamiquela is the former coach of the local team and mother of the team's current coach Paula Casamiquela, and also of the international referee who will represent Argentina at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The competition will be broadcast live by the website of the South American Volleyball Confederation: www.voleysur.org
Pool A: Villa Dora (ARG), Universidad San Martín de Porres (PER), Juan Ferrerira (URU)
Pool B: Rexona Ades (BRA), Olympic (BOL), GELP (ARG)