With their sights firmly set on the 2016 Olympic Games, the top-rated beach volleyball pair of Daran Gill and Sheldon Roach have received a significant boost from LIME.
The duo recently inked a deal with Barbados’ leading telecommunications provider making them official LIME ambassadors.
They now join the company’s roster of sporting ambassadors that include tennis player Darian King, surfer Chelsea Roett, along with the father-son duo of Roger and Dane Skeete of motorsport fame.
“We are very pleased to officially welcome Daran and Sheldon to the LIME family,” said Rachel Pilgrim, head of marketing and corporate communications, LIME.
“Over the past year, they have demonstrated their incredible abilities on the sand and we are confident in them realising their dream of playing at the Olympic Games next year. As a team, they have blossomed and their commitment to their sport is something which ought to be emulated by our young sportspersons.”
Having both played indoor volleyball for Barbados at the senior level, Gill and Roach formed their partnership on the sand last year and placed third in their first outing at the highly-competitive Sizzlin’ Sands tournament.
That was followed by an eighth place finish on the NORCECA Circuit last November in Tobago –– the best performance by a Barbadian pair.
“After we returned from Tobago, we began to think of qualifying for the Olympic Games as a real possibility,” said Gill.
“We have been playing together for years and we enjoy a solid relationship, so we got serious and set Rio as our target. It will be a long road but whatever challenges we face, we will be doing so together with the people of Barbados as our motivation.”
The sporting résumés of the pair are long and distinguished.
Gill, 30, a former Louis Lynch and Lodge School student, captained Barbados’ junior team to the regional volleyball crown in 2005 and also represented the country in cricket and track and field.
Roach, 26, a former student of Harrison College, won gold medals in the discus at both the 2004 and 2005 CARIFTA Games. He also won a silver medal in the shot put in For several years, the duo also appeared for local juggernauts Deacons and cite head coach Andrew Culpepper and former Barbados captain Elwyn Oxley as their biggest supporters.
“We know that our results are entirely dependent on our preparation and execution,” said Roach.
“LIME has taken a chance on our dreams and we will be forever grateful for that. We have played at the highest level and we know for a fact that an appearance in Rio is not beyond us.”
Their first assignment will be on the NORCECA Circuit next month in the Cayman Islands, followed by the first round of Olympic qualifiers at a venue and date yet to be announced.