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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)

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