Japanese volunteer volleyball coach on two-year assignment in Dominica

Yuya Sumida

Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer (JOCV) Mr. Yuya Sumida has begun a two-year assignment with the Dominica Amateur Volleyball Association as a volleyball coach.

A native of Kobe-shi, Hyogo, Japan, Sumida is the holder of a Bachelor of Arts degree (Language and Culture), and has played volleyball at the Club level in both Japan and Australia, in the libero position. He replaces Mr. Yusoke Uno who completed his assignment here in September 2010.

The services of Sumida have been made available by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), through its representative in Dominica, Mr. Tatsuya Morita.

The volunteer is deployed at the Sports Division, where he will assist with the schools volleyball programme. He is currently assisting David Toussaint in coaching the Secondary Schools Volleyball teams in preparation for the Windward Islands Inter-Schools Tournament, to be hosted by Dominica this year.

In addition, Sumida will be involved in the coaching of the national Youth and Junior Volleyball Teams. His services will also be available to community groups that may be interested in introducing volleyball in their communities, or to improve the skills of players.

Groups interested in taking advantage of the coach’s services should contact the DAVA at 225-0614


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  1. I am not a girl...not yet woman
    May 17, 2011

    Haha.. hehehe.. All you have jokes. Everybody takes a bad picture at one time or another. I know Yuya and he is a very handsome Japanese guy. He is also very talented and I hope he can bring some development in volleyball at the schools’ level.

    Thank you Japan for helping our nation. Hope you guys recover soon from those hard times that you have fallen prey to.

  2. fish
    May 16, 2011

    this photo really looks like a mug-shoot!..

    May 16, 2011

    This picture could be his passport picture, where you are not supposed to smile.

    Lets hope the volleyball community of Dominica make use of his coaching skills and that Dominica wins the Islands Inter School Tournament.

    I say ‘Welcome to Dominica Mr Sumida, and enjoy your stay’.

  4. Dominican in the BVI
    May 16, 2011

    Dno. please get a new photo. this photo dont look proper in the eyse of meny. no offence.

  5. hmm
    May 16, 2011

    Sick people.Thats all you people comment on?The looks of the man and how his faces in a photo.I feel sorry for our country since people like you are the ones responsible for us not making the kind of progress we should be making.
    I happen to meet the young man and he is eager to begin his work here and seems quite happy to be on the nature island.
    Thanks Yuya for accepting the challenge to be here to assist with the further development of our youths.

    • Bull
      May 17, 2011

      Relax relax! lol. we are all happy he is here ok. Lighten up a bit!

    May 16, 2011


    • Academic and Researcher
      May 17, 2011

      My sentiments exactly :!: :-D

      Welcome though to the nature island of the world.

  7. Trouble intended
    May 16, 2011

    WAW!!!! What makes you all think this picture was taken for this article? Or in response to it? How about thanking the man for the FREE services he about to give to our youths?

  8. lol
    May 16, 2011

    photo of da day……lmfao

  9. lance
    May 16, 2011

    lol, I doh like to smile when i take out pictures, so de man doh want to smile lol lol lol ha ha ha

  10. Watcher
    May 16, 2011

    Why does he look like they brought him by force. Alas!

    • umm
      May 16, 2011


  11. licky licky i like
    May 16, 2011

    my broda your face doh look happy at all wha happen :-|

    • Anonymous
      May 16, 2011

      bcs he is not happy. They forced him to come here.

      • Curious
        May 17, 2011

        lolol. Sometimes i almost think that DNO is happy to place such photos to get us talking. heehee

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