Basketball loses a a great player

first_imgLocalNewsSports Basketball loses a a great player by: – May 1, 2012 Share 28 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Stephen Bellot. Photo credit: Mickey JosephIt is with sadness that we accept the death of former national basketball player, Stephen “Homo” Bellot who passed away on Thursday April 26.Stephen began playing basketball at the tender age of twelve with the neighbourhood boys like Lambert Henderson and Perez. By fifteen he had made it to the Pro’s Junior team and by seventeen Stephen was playing on the Dominica youth team. That same year he was drafted by the Pros and subsequently made it to the National Basketball team…all in a year’s work. His exceptional talent saw him represent Dominica for six years on the national team before migrating to Guadeloupe where he continued to excel in the sport, making it to the Guadeloupe national team in quick time. While there, he was instrumental in organizing trips for his former team, Pros, to Guadeloupe for games. He also coached the senior team he was part of and the woman’s team of the basketball club to which he belonged.During his six year stint with the Dominica National basketball team, Stephen travelled to Barbados, St. Lucia, Trinidad, Guadeloupe, Martinique and to the first CARICOM championship tournament in Guyana. Upon his return from Guadeloupe, he travelled with the Pros to the island of St. Lucia twice for interisland games. He also organized for a youth team he coached to travel to Guadeloupe for competition.Stephen coached basketball in Pichelin and Dubique and was instrumental in bringing basketball to the community of Soufriere. He also coached the Grand Bay women’s team among others for a period of time.Stephen Bellot has contributed significantly to the development of the sport of basketball through out his life. He was 52 years old.Press Releaselast_img

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