Hamil’s the hottest shot

Theresa Hamil has a very special record to her name.

She amassed 153 points to be named top scorer in the 2009 Cayman Islands Basketball Association’s National Women’s League.

Despite Hamil’s herculean efforts, her team – Esso Blazettes – did not win this year’s title.

Hamil, 28, is employed at the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, in the Investments & Securities Division. She began playing during her first year at John Gray High School, when friends invited her to play with the team.

A talented sports woman, Hamil has earned a reputation for being on top of her game in other sports. She also played in the Cayman Islands Women’s National Football League a couple years ago with the intention to return in the future. Hamil, who plays both as a goal keeper and an outfield player, received a football scholarship to Webber International University, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance.

She also collected a couple of awards at Webber International University. In 1998, she broke the record for having the most shut-outs and was awarded Defensive Player of the Year that season.

But, Hamil says, being the top scorer in basketball this season was something unexpected.

‘The league has a lot of talented and skilled individuals and it didn’t enter my mind that I would have come out as top scorer,’ she said.

‘I received this award very humbly. I want to thank my team mates and my coach, Shawn Pitterson for the support they gave and most importantly I want to thank God for giving me the strength and allowing me the privilege to go out and play because without God none of this would have been made possible.’

Hamil also praised her team. ‘The persons I play with truly meet the definition of team mates. On the court and on the bench they displayed a lot of team spirit and gave a lot of encouragement.’

She says she would like to encourage youths to channel their energies into something positive as playing sports had a positive influence on her life.

‘While learning basketball as a teenager, I was blessed with the opportunity to train with the national team, under the leadership of Victor ‘Voot’ O’Garro, the National Technical Director of the Cayman Islands Basketball Association.

‘As youngsters growing up, we learnt a lot from coach Voot both on and off the court and the experience was great. I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank him for all of his hard work and dedication that he gave to the programme over the many years.’

Hamil currently trains with the national team under the coaching of National Women’s Basketball Coach Redver Ebanks and they are preparing for upcoming international tournaments.