All set for debut Bonaire NORCECA Beach Tour leg
BONAIRE, September 25, 2019 - The beautiful Dutch-island of
Bonaire will play host to the seventh stage of the 2019
NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tournament from Thursday
September 26 until Saturday 28 on the sands of the scenic
Delfins Beach Resort.
The tournament will mark the first time ever a NORCECA Beach
event is being held on the island with a population of
18,000 and according to members of the Control Committee
everything has been given the “green light” in terms of
readiness for the three-days of what is expected to be
The members of the Control Committee headed by Daymian
Stewart (TTO) Tournament Director, includes Ernesto Beltre
Ramirez (DOM) (Photographer), Jose Perez Vento (CUB)
(Referee Manager), Marlene Hernandez (MEX) and Juvenal
Collado (DOM), International Neutral Referees and Nigel
Simon (TTO) (Press Delegate).
With all the teams expected to on the island by mid-day on
Wednesday September 25, the Control Committee has scheduled
the Preliminary Enquiries to be at 2 pm followed by the
Technical Meeting at 8 pm, both to be held at the same
Delfins’ Beach Resort.
For the event, 12 women teams and 13 men teams will compete
across 62 matches on two courts from 8am daily with an
expected break during the day due to the extreme hot and
humid conditions, with athletes’ safety being priority.
Daymian Stewart, NORCECA Competition Director is very happy
with the efforts of the Bonaire Volleyball Federation and he
is working towards having an exciting event. That will
encourage the Bonaire people to continue supporting the
NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour.
“The entire control committee is on island and ready to
work, the facilities are great and the hospitality if
excellent. As with all new host they would need guidance but
their receptiveness makes the experience much better for
While not in Bonaire for the event, Mushtaque Mohammed,
President of the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA)
was full of praise and excited about the prospect of the
tournament taking place on the island for the first time
“We are extremely pleased to see a territory, not a national
federation but one of our regional-member hosting this
significant event on the 2019 NORCECA Tour.
For us it’s a challenge and Bonaire has accepted that to
host this event, even though they are very in-experienced,
but I am assured that they are doing their best to put on a
great display as host country ensuring athletes and
officials are comfortable and its of high quality.
From a development perspective being the FIVB & NORCECA
Development Commission President I am also please to see how
the investment we have made on the island has benefitted
Juan Cartagena, an FIVB Instructor who has worked previously
in US Virgin Islands and Aruba said the competition coming
to Bonaire for the first time will be very good for the
development of the sport.
Cartagena added, “The Bonaire Volleyball Federation has done
a lot of working to get to host the event and the
organisation in terms of transportation, accommodation for
teams, venue preparation and food has been done in advance
and is really good”.
With regards to the playing venue, the Delfins Beach Resort,
Cartagena boasted that the sand is very good, but the real
issue for the players will be the humidity”.
He said, “It gets very hot from about 11am to about 4 pm, so
during that period of the day, the players will come under a
little pressure from the heat, but I believe the schedule
will be adjusted to cope with that situation”.
“Overall, I expect it to be a great tournament for the teams
that have registered and it will also provide a big
opportunity for the Bonaire Federation to make a big impact
and stamp their name as wanting to be a permanent stop on
the NORCECA Beach Tour in the future”.
Gisette Emer, recently installed president of the Bonaire
Volleyball Federation was quick to admit that her local body
was astonish at first when they selected as a host on the
“We have been told that we have golden sand and the
opportunity and we took the challenge of the big
possibilities for the island”.
“The sport of beach volleyball is much easier for us to get
involved with as it only requires two players on a team and
venues are much easier to access as compared to indoor
volleyball, not to mention the travelling of teams of two
being less stress than having an indoor team go overseas”.
Emer added, “So being the host of this major event we are
hoping to provide opportunities for more players locally in
both genders to develop in the sport and keep growing.
“The enthusiasm of the young players from the primary level
is on a high as we did some school programs, which had some
very positive effects and we hope to see the benefits of it
in the near future.
Emer also praised sponsors, Delfins Beach Resort, Cactus
Accounting, FWNB, Bonaire Logistics, Tung Fung Store, Best
Brands, GPS, and MAC Enterprises for their support in making
the event a possibility.