GVF se­lects train­ing squad ahead of S/Amer­ica Olympic qual­i­fiers

Stabroek News Sunday - - STABROEK SPORT - By Roys­ton Alkins

The Guyana Volleyball Fed­er­a­tion (GVF) af­ter host­ing an in­ter-as­so­ci­a­tion volleyball tri­als be­tween Ber­bice and De­mer­ara has short­listed their male and fe­male train­ing squads for the South Amer­ica Olympic Qual­i­fiers May 26 to June 4 in Bo­livia.

The play­ers will com­mence prepa­ra­tions un­der the watch­ful eyes of na­tional coach Levi Nedd who is keen to have his play­ers in shape for the South Amer­i­can Games which Guyana has not at­tended in nearly three decades.

“A long time ago, I would have re­called, and that would have been in the late 80’s we would have gone to Columbia and Venezuela to par­tic­i­pate in these tri­als,” Nedd said of the last time Guyana at­tended the tri­als.

Nedd said Guyana has had some suc­cess at the youth level with the same group of play­ers who have now tran­si­tioned to the senior level.

“We have a very good team, but our train­ing time clashes with work and based on how we can amal­ga­mate how that can hap­pen, that will de­pend on our suc­cess.

“But we have a very good team. A lot of these young play­ers came through the youth teams and they were very good. They would have brought home the tro­phy from the In­ter Guyana games.

“We went to Trinidad, we went Cayenne, and we were very suc­cess­ful there, and these are the same play­ers. They have a lot of in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure and it’s now up to us to have our prepa­ra­tions on tar­get, and we should do well,” Nedd pointed out.

Af­ter the fi­nal squad is cho­sen, the team will jour­ney to Bo­livia to com­mence their road to the Olympics.

Guyana is ex­pected to field two pairs of male and fe­male play­ers for the out­door beach cat­e­gory while full male and fe­male teams will also travel to La Paz for the indoor leg of the qual­i­fiers. The squads are as fol­lows. Male: Devin­dra Latch­man, Shem­roy Ross, Quacy Math­e­son, Adriel Moore, Sa­muel Fraser, Dex­ter Hop­pie, Richard Sa­ma­roo, Rick Richie, Ron­aldo Bobb, Joshua Jag­mo­han, Marce­lious Hec­tor, Akeem Bowl­ing, Day­mon Al Al­hamad, Wen­del Austin, Kristo­pher Shep­perd, Ian Bagot, Trevlon Mc Rae, Kapeldev Sa­ma­roo, Simon Seechar­ran, Gino Car­rol, David Bow­man, Juan Valaques

Fe­males: Daniella Sa­ma­roo, Famke David, Amisha Mo­habir, Mercedes Forde, Phi­lana Simp­son, Han­nah Hicks, Kim Chan, Olivia Wel­come, Abi­gail Humphrey, Crys­tal Paddy, Can­dacy Men­tore, Leanna Davis, Sha­nia Thomas, Cherry-Ann Fraser, Kire­nia Bal­lard, Daniella Col­lier, Ali­cia Davis, Kelshine Grif­fith, Odile Broomes.

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