DART to sponsor Cayman Islands Beach Tournament

GRAND CAYMAN, April 10, 2019 - The Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation (CIVF) has announced the teams that will compete for Cayman in the upcoming NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tournament which takes place from 26 to 28 April at Seven Mile Public Beach.  In addition, the event itself has also received a significant boost in the form of support from Dart who has come on as the title sponsor. 

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The Cayman men's teams are Richard Campbell/Nathan Dack and Casey Santamaria/Jesse Parham and the female contenders are Marissa Harrison/Ileann Powery and Jessica Wolfenden/Stefania Gandolfi.

"This tournament cannot happen without the support of the community and both the public and private sectors.  We are grateful to companies like Dart who recognise the tourism and economic impact of an event such as this and choose to partner with us to execute a first-class competition," said Kennedy McGowan, CIVF President.

"Congratulations also to the four Cayman teams that will be competing. These eight athletes are very strong players and we expect some fierce court action from them."

"Sponsoring the Cayman leg of the 2019 North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) Beach Volleyball Tour is consistent with Dart's commitment to tourism and promoting the Cayman Islands internationally," said Pilar Bush, Executive Vice President Marketing at Dart. "Hosting world class competitive events like NORCECA, gives Cayman the opportunity to showcase our islands' natural beauty and welcoming people and at the same time promote sports as an important component of community development."

This will be Jessica Wolfenden's 11th NORCECA tournament appearance.  She finished fourth place in the 2016 Cayman NORCECA tournament; was the 2015 gold medallist at the NatWest Island Games in Jersey; the 2015 silver medallist at CAZOVA Olympic Qualifier in Jamaica and the 2013 silver medallist at the NatWest Island Games in Bermuda.  She has also been selected for the Cayman Islands beach volleyball team that will travel to the 2019 Island Games in Gibraltar in July.

"The Cayman NORCECA stop is always a special one on the tour and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to represent Cayman again," said Wolfenden.  "I am excited to be back on the court with Stefania and look forward to battling it out on the sand together."

Ileann Powery will be competing in her 7th NORCECA tournament this month.  Powery, 21, has been playing volleyball since her days at George Hicks High School and was at one time the youngest member of the Cayman Islands Women's Volleyball National Team.  She transitioned to beach volleyball in 2013 and has represented Cayman at the World Championship Qualifiers, NatWest Island Games, Nanjing Youth Olympic Qualifiers, Pan American Games and Central American and Caribbean Games.  She won her first NORCECA game in April 2017 against Trinidad & Tobago.

"It is always an honour to represent the Cayman Islands and it is my absolute favourite thing to do. I am very thankful to have been selected once again to represent these Islands in front of my home crowd," said Powery.  "As I always say, I will put my all in while playing, and I will take everything in this tournament as a learning experience."

Cayman will be one of the first stops on the 2019 NORCECA tour as teams try to accumulate points in order to qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.  Countries confirmed to participate are the Bahamas, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, St. Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad & Tobago, USA and US Virgin Islands.

 

 

 

 

 
Publicado por: Norceca.info
Fuente: Norceca.net