The Berbice Volleyball Association (BVA), which was dubbed as one of the top
performing Association in the country for 2016, on Saturday held a posh awards and presentation ceremony for outstanding players and clubs in the County.
The event, which was held at the Port Mourant Community Center, was attended by among others, Director Of Sport Christopher Jones, Guyana Volleyball Association(GVF) President John Flores, Toshao of the Orealla community up the Corentyne River, David Henry and Community Development Officer of the Skeldon Estate and Chairman of the proceeding, Lindon Murray.
Before the awards were announced Berbice Volleyball Association (BVA) President Levi Lawrence Nedd was continuously lauded for his sterling, outstanding and par excellent performance in the field of volleyball as a player, coach and administration. Nedd is a former national captain and present national coach whose career has spanned close to four decades.
Nedd who made the announcements of the winners in the various categories outlined the criteria used for selection the various winners.
There were three nominations in each categories; the person or club had to have maximum participation in the BVA activities for the year; show discipline and fair play, participate at the highest level and show commitment.
The Port Mourant Training Center One (PMTC-1), which is an household name in Guyana and the Caribbean for their volleyball exploits, was as expectedly named the club of the year.
Coached by Nedd, the club has kept the Guyana flag flying and continues to churn out
players for itself and the entire country. There was maximum participation from them in all categories and tournaments played in the county. They also took part in a number of exhibition games and coaching and training sessions throughout Berbice. It suffered only one loss during the year in competitions in Berbice.
Top female club award was presented to the Corriverton Jets which is made up mostly of players from the Orealla and Siparuta. There was participation from Orealla, Siparuta, Rollers, Corriverton, Port Mourant, with ages from 14 to 50 years. The Corriverton Jets stood out and won most of its tournaments.
The female volleyballer of the year is Sheliza Edwards of the Corriverton Jets and hails from Orealla. She participated in all of the matches, convened by the BVA and she was adjudged the female MVP since the genesis of female participation in the BVA. She was selected to represent Guyana in the Inter Guiana Games (IGG).
The top junior club award went to the Tain Humanitarian of Corentyne. They participated in all the junior tournaments held in the county. At present they are the youngest team on show in the whole of Guyana.
Andy Rohoman of the No.52 Survivals of Corentyne was adjudged the top junior player. He was credited with carrying his team and was one of the youngest players short-listed to participate in 2016 IGG.
The most promising player accolade went to Renaldo Bobb of the GTCPM team. Despite his age Bobb is one of the tallest players around. Though he has been playing the game for just about a year, he made his mark in Suriname and the recently concluded IGG in Guyana.
National player Ian Bagot of the PMTC was awarded the prize for being the most disciplined player. He was described as cool, calm and collective type but very vicious in his attack and one as having good leadership qualities and skills.
Devindra Latchman also of the PMTC was adjudged the most outstanding player in the BVA. Latchman could play at any position on the court with the same zeal and success. He was one of those singled out whilst participating in Brazil, Trinidad, Suriname and Jamaica.
The BVA volleyballer of the year is Samuel Fraser of the PMTC -1. He is described as giving his all to the game, very disciplined and fearless. He participated in both the junior and senior category and led the junior team to success in the 2016 IGG.
The top referee award went to Devindra Budhu who was described as one who would go the extra mile to get things done. He created an impression while in Trinidad and Suriname and has been recommended for further training.
There was a special award for sponsor of the year and despite a number of names mentioned. Deonarine Balram (Shane) and Son of Proprietor of the Balram Shane General Store of Rose Hall Town was unanimously selected as the sponsor of the year.
Special mention was made of Spready’s Snackette and Bakery and Poonai’s Pharmacy and the St Francis Community Developers. (Samuel Whyte)
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