Top English player will inspire

One of England’s best netball players will look to motivate local girls.

Eboni Beckford-Chambers, 24, recently arrived in Cayman for a three-week vacation. As part of her sojourn, she is expected to lead skill clinics for local netball players.

Her mum, Pauline Beckford, is the new Clifton Hunter High School Principal and states Eboni can be a role model for ladies here.

“Eboni got in on Tuesday and is here for the next three weeks,” Beckford said. “While on vacation, she will be doing clinics with one at Clifton Hunter and the other at John Gray High School. I feel that number one, she provides a role model for girls.

“Eboni is a top international player and someone to aspire to.”

The clinics are being endorsed by the Cayman Islands Netball Association, which starts its 2012-2013 open league (the national women’s competition) this month. The league kicked off with the annual uniform parade, which saw Beckford as a guest speaker.

Beckford-Chambers is a Goal Keeper/Goal Defender for the England national netball team and was first called up at age 15. She was part of the bronze medal squads that competed at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India and the 2011 World Netball Championships in Singapore and she played on the gold medal side at the 2011 World Netball Series in Liverpool, England.

In 2012, the UK native played professionally for Australian team the West Coast Fever. Beckford-Chambers, who has a law degree from Bath University, played for England in this month’s Quad Series that featured Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Beckford states her daughter can provide an impetus for more junior recruiting.

“In their teenage years, in grades nine to 11, girls tend to drop out of sports with other commitments, including boyfriends. But, as Eboni proves, they can have academics, successful relationships and do sports at the same time.

“With netball in Cayman, the talent is there. You just have to recognize that talent and nurture it. You can see where international netball starts: it is a process from school.

“These girls here can be developing into national teams. With the clinics, there can also be a benefit for Physical Education teachers with new drills, health and safety considerations for the kids.”

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