Stewart joins top French club
RYAN STEWART recently joined the list of Trinidad and Tobago volleyballers to obtain a contract in Europe.
The 23-year-old was accepted by last year’s French Elite Division champions Amiens Metropole for the second half of this season.
The season resumed last week with “Metropole” in sixth position and will conclude in early May.
Stewart, who played for Glamorgan at home and is a member of the national team, stated: “The experience thus far is great. The guys on the team are real cool and encouraging. I do plan to go out there and do my best, train hard and play harder and let the world see what Trinidad and Tobago volleyball has to offer.”
Stewart became the second male and seventh player from this country presently competing in Europe. He joined former national youth skipper Darlene Ramdin and rising star Channon Thompson in France.
Sinead Jack and Marisha Herbert play for the same club in Russia, while national skipper Krystle Esdelle is based in Romania and Marc Honore, the country’s top male player for the last few years, competes for SL Benfica in Portugal.
Jack, Thompson and Esdelle, who were ranked first, second and sixth, respectively, in the list of the country’s top players of last year by the Trinidad and Tobago Volleyball Federation (TTVF) , all played in Poland last year, while Ramdin was based in Finland.
Stewart was the TTVF Athlete of the Year in 2007. His list of achievements also includes, being the Best Spiker and Best Scorer in the Caribbean Youth Championships that year as well Best Scorer in the Caribbean Junior Championships in 2009.