As local netball winds down for the year, some of the early focus in 2013 will be on its leadership.
Cayman Islands Netball Association President Lucille Seymour has alluded to an imminent retirement from her post and no clear successor has been named. For association vice president Norma Ferryman, Seymour’s future involvement in the sport is clear.
“If she walks away or steps down, she will be part of netball,” Ferryman said. “She loves it so much. She can’t detach from it and she will be in the association looking on. It’s part of her life now. I can see her going away on netball trips.
“Netball is her life. As I said, it’s a part of her life, she loves it so much and it’s easy to say you’ll retire but doing it is a different matter.”
Seymour publicly acknowledged she was contemplating the move last month at the annual opening uniform parade. John A Cumber Primary School won the Under-9 and Under-11 age groups and John Gray High School Jets claimed the top spot in the U14 group.
The Clifton Hunter High School squad sponsored by Goldfield won the U16 crown with Unity nabbing the seniors (adult) category a second straight year.
That event served as the official start of the association’s 2012 open league, with matches taking place in the A and B divisions at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex netball courts.
Seymour has since stated while the next netball chief is still to be decided, there is a common focus.
“We have four or five that are taking it seriously,” Seymour said. “I would like the technical director to get involved with fundraising. It’s not just about playing, it’s about nation-building and building leaders. That’s what it’s all about.”
Aside from Seymour and Ferryman, the netball association executive board sees Lyneth Monteith as second vice president, Indiana Watson as treasurer, Onicia Mitchell as secretary and Linda McField as an advisor. Australian Gillian Lee is the technical director and national coach, Cayman’s first in roughly a decade.
All have managed the $69,654 granted to the netball association by the Cayman government, according to the 2012-2013 purchase agreements between Cabinet and the association.
Interestingly, Seymour feels the level of government support could be better.
“The foundation of it worries me. I’ve asked the Ministries of Sports and Education for a partnership. If there is none, Cayman cannot see results at the international level. It has to be a real partnership between education, sports and netball.
“We can progress due to netball being a focus sport and we’re not getting the kind of grant I’d like at the foundation level.”
It should be noted that Truman Bodden sees its last matches before the Christmas break this week. On Thursday, 13 December, the Flames Strikers battle the Renegades and Unity contend with Rising Stars A at 6.45pm before Storm Radarz face All Stars A at 8pm.
On Saturday, 15 December, Rising Stars B battle Supa Storm and All Stars B challenge Island Heritage at 6.45pm with Storm Chaserz and Ernst and Young Hot Shots squaring off at 8pm.
Matches resume in the New Year with triple-headers on 3 and 5 January.