National standouts Julian Bissette and Gillan Octave have left the island in pursuit of glory at the 2013 Under-23 World Beach Volleyball Championships to be held in Mysowice Poland, June 6-9.
The players left the island on Sunday via New York where they are to be issued entry visas for Poland.
6’3” Octave and 6’6” Bissette are members of the Saint Lucia volleyball team that earned a place in the 3rd Round of 2014 World Championship Qualification tournament, winning the second-round tournament hosted in Saint Lucia at the end of April.
The players have been preparing hard for this major international event and intend to play well and make a name for themselves and country.
Bissette, whose regular partner on the NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour is the 2012 Volleyball Player of the Year Joseph Clercent, is intent on making waves in this tournament in Poland and says he is confident that once they play well they will make a huge impression.
“Once we play to our level and higher as we intend to, we will have a top finish,” Bissette said.
Octave, equally confident, but always the soft-spoken one, simple says: “No sacrifice, no success! Remember one person wins a point but a team wins a tournament, and this is how we will play – for pride, for country, for the love of it!”
The participation of Saint Lucia in the 2013 World Under Age Championships arose out of the fantastic season Clercent and Bissette enjoyed in the 2012 NORCECA Tour, finishing the year ranked number gfive and earning one of the six spots reserved for the top teams in the Confederation.
Meanwhile, preparation continues for the other players, Cohen Caesar and Augustin Faulkner, who should be going to Croatia for the Under-21 World Beach Volleyball Championships, June 19-24, while Faulkner will team up with Tevin St. Jean and Kerin Neptune will partner with Lisa Casimir to represent Saint Lucia in the female division of the Under-19 World Championship scheduled for July 10-16 in Porto, Portugal.
Funding support for Saint Lucia’s participation is coming from the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee, the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports, the North and Central American and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation, the Saint Lucia Tourist Board and hopefully the Saint Lucia National Lottery who an application has been put before. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also worked hard to facilitate the timely issuance of entry visas to Poland for the players.
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