75.1 F
Belize City
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Home Sports Celebrating and respecting our Belizean athletes

Celebrating and respecting our Belizean athletes

BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Oct. 4, 2012

National Coach Matthew Smiling sent us some pictures of our Belizean 3×3 U-18 Basketball National Team that “turned heads” at the 3×3 U-18 World Championships this past weekend, October 28-30, in Alcobensdas, Spain.

Belize’s 3×3 squad (Brandon Flowers, Tree-vanne Moses, Akeem Watters and Brian White) ranked 4th in their group with a 4 wins 3 losses record. Belize opened with a 20-9 loss to New Zealand. We then defeated Poland, 21-14, and China, 15-14, before losing to Canada, 18-14, on Friday, October 28. On Saturday, Belize beat Netherlands, 14-9; lost to France, 16-8; and finished with an 18-15 win over Slovakia. It was a stellar achievement for the Belize team, who, as can be seen from the accompanying pictures, were often grossly overmatched in size by their opponents.

Someday, our footballers will also swell our Belizean chests with pride in the international arena. We have already made that first small step – a victory in the qualifying round of competition in CONCACAF, World Cup Qualifiers, and recently at the CODICADER Games.

In athletics, at the last Olympic Games in London, Kaina Martinez and Kenneth Underwood both broke the first round qualifying barrier by moving ahead in their respective heats, a first at this level for Belizean athletes.

Meanwhile, at the recent CODICADER Games, our Belizean youth won gold in basketball (Sadie Vernon Technical High) and softball (Ladyville Technical High).

The “sleeping giant” of Belizean sports achievement is slowly rising to our potential.

Our sports desk takes pleasure in showcasing some of our athletic achievers.

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Another suspected drug plane land

Another suspecTed drug plane landed in Belize, this time in the South. The plane was found partially burnt with no cargo. This is the second...

2 killed and 1 injured in shootings in Dangriga and Belize City

Two persons lost their lives due to shooting incidents in Dangriga and in Belize City, and one man was admitted to the Karl Heusner...

“Now is not the time to ignore us,” BNTU tells MOE

Emergency meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Friday BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Jan. 23, 2020-- Once again there is contention brewing between the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU)...

Mother fined $2,500 for wounding son’s teacher

She said that the teacher had beaten her son — twice BELIZE CITY, Wed. Jan. 22, 2020-- Valine Rose Martinez, 27, the mother of a...