Yesterday August 15th 2015, Trinidad and Tobago’s top Beach Volleyball pair of Daneil Williams and Fabien Whitfield finished 2nd at the California Beach Volleyball Tournament played at Ocean Beach in San Diego USA.
The T&T pair popularly known as the “Toco Boys” was ranked last in the tournament of thirty four (34) teams, placing them in a group with the top ranked team. Most of the teams in the tournament were from the USA. T&T was able to win group 1 an advance directly to the quarter finals. They also won the Quarter Finals and the Semi Finals. T&T lost in the finals to the National Team of Mexico that recently won gold at the Pan American Games.
Mexico was also the team to knock T&T out of the Pan Am games where the Toco Boys placed a credible ninth.
The T&T duo has been on tour since May training on Dogg Beach, California. They participated on the NORCECA Tour legs Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and North Bay Canada. They also participated on the World Tour, St. Petersburg Leg and in the Pan American Games in Toronto Canada. The team is in preparation for a run at the 2016 Olympics qualification. They won the first leg of the process back in May at Saith Park in front of a jubilant home crowd.
The TTVF thanks the Minister of Sport the Honourable Mr. Brent Sancho for his support towards keeping the team on tour. We would also like to thank Mr. Anthony Creed and the Sports Company, Mr. Brian Lewis and the TTOC for its contribution to the process. The Team would continue its preparation heading into the second round of the Olympic Qualification process.
The team’s upcoming activities:
1) Another Open California Tournament - August
2) World Tour – Long Beach Leg - August
3) NORCECA Tour – Veracruz Cuba - August
4) NORCECA Tour – Florida USA - September
5) Return home for a major Beach Volleyball Launch. – September
6) Olympic Qualification 2nd Round Jamaica – September
The TTVF would like the team to be given Elite Athlete Funding consideration. The TTVF would also like the Government to consider allocating a percentage of the NLCB Profits to the SPORTT Company to distribute to deserving sporting organisations as is the practice in the UK, Jamaica and Barbados.