Dancers reach out to net gains

Netball in the Cayman Islands has dreams of reaching global acclaim. An upcoming fundraiser partnering with the fine arts is being billed as a small step towards that future.

The Cayman Islands Netball Association will be hosting the Stella Maris Dance Ensemble of Jamaica. With the patronage of Sports Minister Mark Scotland and support of the Cayman government, the dancers will perform this Friday 27 May and Saturday 28 May at 8pm with a 6pm showing on Sunday 29 May. All of the performances take place at the Harquail Theatre.

As part of their visit, the dancers will also conduct seminars for local students. The proceeds from their visit will go towards funding local netball. Association president Lucille Seymour states netball is looking to excel in numerous events abroad.

“Our major goal over the next four years, starting this year, is to secure funding through a variety of fundraising and sponsorship efforts,” Seymour said. “We want to enhance the association’s ability to help netballers from the Cayman Islands participate successfully in several events and activities. Among those events are the participation of the Under-16 national squad in the Jean Pierre Caribbean Championships in 2012, the presence of a U21 national team in the World U21 tournament in Scotland in 2013 and eventually we would like to participate in the 2015 World Netball Championships in Australia.

“Of course we also want to continue the education and training of our netballers and managers in the administrative and technical aspects of the game. Through netball the association aims to develop a rounded and holistic person.”

News of the visit comes after Roma recently claimed both the consolation cup and the national championship. One of the star players was Goal Shooter Kay Copeland. Seymour states the fundraiser will be a big help to both the youth and netball.

“How often are our own dancers in the Cayman Islands fed with this combination of development, perfection and accomplishments? Frankly, not often enough and this partnership will be memorable for our youth. The collaboration is rare but this unique partnership of sports and fine arts will uplift netball.”

Aside from the local government, a number of sponsors are involved. They include the Westin Casuarina, Vibe 98.9FM, Cayman Airways, Island Air, ShopSmart and the National Building Society of the Cayman Islands.

Tickets are $25 and are available at Funky Tangs and ShopSmart Burke Maud Plaza. For more information call 916-1944