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Grand Bahama Shipyard holds first volleyball tournament

Published: Aug 10, 2013

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The Grand Bahama Shipyard recently held its first volleyball tournament at Junkanoo Beach Club on Taino Beach and the event was attended by over 200 people. The all-day event included volleyball, live music, a steak-out and a fundraising raffle draw.

Jecholiah Barnett, founder of the Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) volleyball team, and Andrew Kemp, GBS volleyball team captain, initially organized the event for a small group of friends and supporters to raise funds for the Grand Bahama Shipyard volleyball team’s fees and equipment. However, word and interest spread though the ‘yard’ and the Grand Bahama community, and a decision was made to include the Grand Bahama Volleyball Association (GBVA).

The partnership between the shipyard and the GBVA further promoted the sport of volleyball to a much wider audience, and it is their hope to increase league membership on Grand Bahama.

In total, 16 teams participated in the tournament. Barnett, an organizer, said: “The inspiration for the event was producing a widespread knowledge of the sport.

I really hope that this event is not looked upon as just another time to have fun, but ideas for The Bahamas to expand their sense of creativity and imagination and to also motivate and sculpt international athletes, leaders, etc.”

Kemp, who is an estimator at the Grand Bahama Shipyard, was very pleased with the event.

“It turned out to be a fun-filled, organized event, even the weather was perfect. Overall it was a great success and we look forward to next year’s tournament,” he said.

The tournament was set up as a single elimination tournament and the first winners of the tournament were ‘The Fantastic 4’ made up of team members J. Whitney Armbrister, Arnal Ferguson, Ronald Arthur and Whitney C. Armbrister. Second place went to Oriel Knowles, Geron Turnquest, Dave Barr, Eugene Neely and Steven Forbes of team ‘GB Utility H2O’. Third place went to the ‘VolleyBrawlers’ – Andrew Kemp, Lucas Strupp, Quade Gaspar, Vernice Vietti and Flo Pasiod.

Proceeds from the event will go to team volleyball fees and purchasing equipment for the Grand Bahama Shipyard team.

“We were very pleased with the first tournament,” said Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Grand Bahama Shipyard Carl Rotkirch.

“It was a fun day and great camaraderie between the teams.”


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