Sitting Volleyball National Championships 2009. 3rd Round in Musanze, Rwanda on 3 May 2009 under the auspices of the National Paralympic Committee of Rwanda
7 teams competing in the Sitting Volleyball (paralympic sports) National Championship which also takes place under the auspices of the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) of Rwanda.
The teams competing in Sitting Volleyball are as follows;
1. Gatagara (Huye) 1x men’s team (Black & white)
2. Gatagara (Nyanza) 1x men’s team (Blue with white sleeves)
3. National University of Rwanda (NUR) 1x men’s team (Green – light)
4. Intware 1x men’s team (Orange)
5. Kivu 1x men’s team (Black & 3 white lines)
6. Musanze 1x men’s team (Orange & white
7. THT (Troupe de Handicape Twuzuzanye) 1x men’s team (Yellow & blue)
As opposed to the 5 players/side in sitball and time governed match, Sitting Volleyball has 6 players/side and play continues to the first team reaching 25. In the event of a draw, play is extended to a clear win. The best out of 3 games is a match with the 3rd game (if 1-1) only played to the 15 points.
The Gatagara (Nyanza) team is made up of very young players (a lot in primary school) but had a strong performance today making some of the older guys pay attention.
Yesterday this was one of the teams the National Secretary of the NPC, Mr Celestin Nzeyimana, pointed out to me as up and coming youngsters.
Nyanza beat THT in straight games 2-0 (25-20, 25-21) and had a very strong game against the NUR team, forcing extra play in the first game but conceding the game 25-27 and the second game 25-19. These youngsters are clearly the Sitting Volleyball future stars of Rwanda. Gatagara (Huye), who also appear to be the mentors of Gatagara (Nyanza) won 2-0 against all of NUR, THT, Nyanza and Kivu.
These were just some of the matches played today at 3 venues around Musanze District including at the Musanze Stadium and at the Elektrogaz courts.
The spirit, pride and camaraderie between all the players and officials over these two days has been something amazing to be part of. I was immediately accepted as part of the whole event by athletes and officials alike – and am honoured to be able to tell their story.