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T&T players aid Dominica’s relief at NORCECA qualifier

Sunday, October 15, 2017
Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Darryl Smith, left, and T&T senior women’s volleyball team captain Krystle Esdelle, right, make a presentation to Dominica women’s volleyball team captain, Anna-Maria Xavier, at the National Cycling Centre, Balmain, Couva, on Friday night.

T&T senior women’s volleyball team put aside its FIVB Women’s World Championship ambitions for a moment to give full support to the visiting Dominica women’s team ahead of the teams NORCECA Group C Qualifying contest at the National Cycling Centre, Balmain, Couva on Friday night.

The Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of T&T, Darryl Smith, alongside Mushtaque Mohammed, the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) and NORCECA vice-president, and Nicole Selvon, president of the T&T Volleyball Federation (T&TVF), expressed their deepest sympathy to Dominica’s players and staff while coming to the competition after the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.

Mohammed in his addressed to the players said: “In moments of such tragedy it is our moral obligation to hand out a helping hand to the ECVA representatives as team and friends of volleyball join efforts to gather hampers of food items as a small expression of our compassion.”

The efforts of Dominica with the unconditional support of the NORCECA Volleyball Confederation to come to this tournament were enormous.

“After extreme conditions in Dominica, players are competing for a once in a life time opportunity that could not been taken for granted; we are humble to have them here,” said Mohammed.

Shari Pascal, member of Dominica’s team also addressed the attendants and said, “We are survivors; we are recovering from losing everything. We are really emotional to be here. Maria changed our lives forever. Be sure that we will rise again, we are strong people and we hope to not experience any like this again.”