Angelina Smith won five Caribbean Volleyball Championships and was a member of the dominant Ambi Toners. (FILE)
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The volleyball fraternity was thrown into mourning yesterday with the passing of former outstanding national player Angelina Smith.
Smith, who impressed everyone with her uncanny defensive skills and her attacking prowess which made a mockery of her short stature as well as much taller opponents, passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer.
As a talented St Leonard’s Girls’ School player, Smith was a member of the Combined Schools’ team that stunned Division One queens Maxwell in a knockout finals back in 1984.
She would then join with schoolmates Shirley Hoyte, Valmay Stapleton, Alvenia Small and Allison Pile and Springer Memorial student Jennifer Harris to pilot the new Ambi Toners to multiple titles.
Smith was a member of the Barbados teams which won five Caribbean Volleyball Championships and when the libero position was created she naturally assumed that role.
Smith, who fully embraced her religious role as an Adventist after giving up volleyball, would have celebrated her 50th birthday in July.
President of the Barbados Volleyball Association, Kenmore Bynoe in conveying condolences to Smith’s widower and daughter as well as her former teammates, spoke of her determined characteristics.
“Angie always impressed us with her great determination where height, or the lack of it, did not deter her from being one of the better attackers in the island.
“That same determination and fight helped Angie to battle this scourge for such a long time and I hope that her family and friends would embrace such qualities to deal with our loss,” said Bynoe. (KB)