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Avril Myers is making a big step to improve her netball skills. 

Myers, 19, is attending the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sports in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, Jamaica. The Bodden Town native is pursuing a bachelors degree with the goal of eventually becoming a coach in the Cayman Islands. 

Myers, who left Cayman last week, states the college impressed her with its teaching standards. 

“I am hoping to attend G.C. Foster to do a four-year course, which is a bachelors in Physical Education, to obtain a coaching certificate,” Myers said. “I want to become a PE teacher and a track/netball coach and their main objective at this particular school is to train specialist teachers in physical education and sport.  

“They provide in-service education for teachers and sports administrators. As a reputable institution, the best in the Caribbean in this field, I do feel that I would obtain the necessary qualifications that are needed to become a PE Teacher and a national coach in both track and field and netball.” 

For the record, G.C. Foster is regarded as one of Jamaica’s top schools. It opened its doors in 1980 and caters to a number of sports via facilities like a gymnasium, netball courts, an Olympic-sized swimming pool and a 400-metre track. 

Myers, the daughter of Bridget Myers, is a graduate of John Gray High School. Before leaving for college, she worked as a clerk at Butterfield Bank. Myers is one of four children with her sisters being Monique and Lattisha Myers and brother being Rhoan Myers Jr and she states attending the Jamaican college was made possible by the Cayman government. 

“I’m very excited. I got approval for a scholarship I applied for from government. I hope to start playing netball and start back track as soon as I get settled in. In addition, I’m looking forward to making Cayman’s Under-21 national team.” 

Myers has a long link to local sports. She competed in athletics, specifically shot-putt, for Mustangs track club. One of her best achievements was being ranked in the top 20 in the US track and field system for the girls 15–16 category.  

On the netball side of things, she has been a fixture in the Cayman Islands Netball Association open league (essentially Cayman’s national women’s netball league) since 2009. In 2012, she played for Roma B, a club that has used athletes like track star Annisa Owen and multi-sport athletes Benieca Thompson and Jahzenia Thomas. 

Myers recently took part in try-outs for the U21 team, which is preparing for the World Youth Netball Championships in Glasgow, Scotland next August. The roster is slated to be announced on Monday, 1 October. 

Myers states netball will continue to be part of her future.  

“As many may know, netball is a big party of my life. The only thing that can keep me off the court is an injury and evidently, as you have seen in the past, not even that has completely kept me off.  

“Playing netball is a must and I look forward to the challenge and getting exposed to a higher and complex level of netball.” 

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