Volleyballer Dany Wilson dies

DANIA BOGLE Observer staff reporter

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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THE local volleyball fraternity was thrown into shock yesterday following the news that former national player Dany Wilson had died early morning.

Oral Channer, coach of Wilson's former Westmoreland-based Vikings Volleyball Club told the Observer that the player returned to Jamaica on Saturday from Israel where he had been playing professionally with a local club since 2010.

Wilson was admitted to the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay on Sunday morning after he started vomiting blood.

Channer said CT Scans had revealed that Wilson had two concussions.

"Nobody can believe what has transpired," Channer said. "Moreso, Dany was a bit secretive, so information wasn't flowing the way it should."

Wilson also played beach volleyball with his professional partner Mark Lewis. The pair won the silver medal at the NORCECA men's beach volleyball competition in Jamaica in 2009 and finished third at the 2010 FIVB Men's World Championship qualification in Kingston.

The pair, who grew up across the street from each other in Westmoreland also played beach volleyball as a pair for six years and were also members of the Vikings team for eight years.

Lewis, who is now based in Barbados, was still in disbelief when he spoke to the Observer yesterday.

"It's like losing a relative. I'm still coming to terms with it. I've been disconnected for most of the day. I still don't believe it," he said.

He explained that Wilson had sought better opportunities in Israel because they had been unable to receive the requisite support for their endeavours in Jamaica.

"If you realise we were the only two people who really decided we were going to take the sport to a different level," said Lewis.

Jamaica Volleyball Association (JAVA) president Major Warrenton Dixon was also emotional when he spoke with the Observer.

"We've been talking about it the whole day, but I don't think we have really found the words yet to express how we feel about it," he said.

He added: "It's rough. In some respects it is a setback because Mark and Dany as far as we know are our most prolific beach volleyball pair (but) at this point we are more concerned about the human aspect."

Meanwhile, the Observer learnt that Wilson's mother was admitted to hospital later yesterday afternoon after receiving the news of her son's passing.

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