Fast bowler Holder off to Australia
Four more for hockey Hall of Fame
PETER NORVILLE, Andrea Nichols, Laurence Davis and Julie Grant have been inducted into the Barbados Hockey Federation (BHF) Hall of Fame.
The announcement of the outstanding quartet as the inductees for 2017 was made by BHF president Mark St Hill yesterday.
“The inductees’ contributions vary from playing excellence to administration and in many cases a combination of both. We are pleased to acknowledge and celebrate their significant contributions to field hockey in Barbados,” St Hill said.
He pointed out that when the federation named the inaugural 21 inductees last year, the mandate set by the board of directors was to induct four people – two women and two men – annually with nominations coming from the hockey fraternity.
“This year only five nominations were received and the board looks forward to receiving an increased number of nominations next year as we look to celebrate and preserve the great history of the sport in Barbados,” said St Hill.
Norville was a longstanding coach in national women’s team as well as player/coach for Combermere School Old Scholars.
His peers described him as: “A fearless and feared defender”, with “speedy tackles”, who “read the game well” and who was “quick off the mark”.
He captained Barbados to the country’s first bronze medal against Trinidad and Tobago at the Central American and Caribbean Games in 1982.
Davis led Empire club to numerous Division 1, Division 2, Six-a-side and Knock Out titles, while his national career spanned over a decade during the 1970s and 80s where he commanded the position of left back in the national team which won Barbados’ first CAC medal in Puerto Rico.
Nichols has made a significant contribution to the development and growth of field hockey in her many roles as player, coach, official and administrator.
At the international level, she represented Barbados from 1973 to 1989 at numerous tournaments in Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Mexico, the United States and The Bahamas. During her tenure as national captain between 1979 and 1989, she helped Barbados capture a maiden CAC bronze medal in 1980.
During that same year, Nichols gained selection on the regional Caribbean team, which participated in the FIH Diamond Jubilee Tournament in Scotland.
After retiring from national hockey, Andrea began a career in officiating and became Barbados’ first female international umpire in Cuba in 1990.
Grant, like Davis and Nichols, has been a stalwart at Empire club and has had a long and illustrious career in sports both as a player and administrator.
She represented Barbados from 1979 to 1987 and was a member of the team which captured the CAC bronze medal in 1986 while Empire won numerous hockey titles under her leadership. (EZS/PR)