Turtle Netters are quick to crawl out of their shells

Youth netball made its first big step this year.

The Cayman National Bank Turtle Netters programme took to the netball courts at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex last Saturday. The programme is funded by CNB and is spearheaded by the Cayman Islands Netball Association and its technical director and national coach Gillian Lee.

Netball association president Lucille Seymour was there to welcome parents and the young children. Miss Seymour said, “Education and sports worked hand in hand to shape the youths of these islands. Through sports they learn to work as a team, build self confidence and build sound character with good moral values.

“Netball was a key sport, in that they learn skills to think fast, listening following directions and to make the right choices,” she added. “It also helps them to maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep fit. All these skills will be useful to them in the workforce and in day-to-day living.”

The children were enthusiastic as they learned new skills in ball handling, running, shooting and positioning. They were excited and had fun during the training sessions and parents found the morning activities rewarding.

Assisting coach Lee on Saturday were budding stars from the Under-21 squad in Kimberly David, Noviann McLean, Hannah Peralta, Karla Rankin, Aaliyah Webb and Alexia Walton. Among the adult volunteers were Vicki “Wiki” Hitchman, Onicia Mitchell and Andrea Singh.

The CNB Turtle Netters programme will be held after school and on Saturdays from 8 to 10am.

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