For the first time, Trinidad and Tobago has made a huge step out of the Caribbean Zone to face a larger pool of athletes from Central America. The sport is beach volleyball and the women athletes who accomplished this feat returned home last evening to an intimate reception which included Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Darryl Smith.
Minister Smith was in high praise of the athletes – Ayana Dyette, Malika Davidson, Apphia Glasgow and La Teisha Joseph – three of whom are his constituents. The Minister expressed his pride and satisfaction in the performance and pledged his Ministry’s support as the teams prepare for the fourth round of Olympic qualifying in El Salvador in May.
Speaking on behalf of the teams, the most senior player Ayana Dyette said she was extremely happy with the tournament win in Ocho Rios, Jamaica as it demonstrated that hard work does indeed pay off. Dyette explained the rivalry between Trinidad and Tobago and the host country, starting at the opening ceremony and ending with the final point of the fifth game that earned them the victory.
The dream of playing at the Olympic Games is now within sight for the girls as they attempt to make history for the twin-island republic.