Kimberly David hopes to be a familiar face in local netball.
The Cayman Islands Netball Association will be highlighting prospective members of the national Under-21 team. The girls have made it past the second roster cut with the last cuts expected to occur in the coming weeks.
Among the prospective players is David, 17, who started playing netball in year four of primary school at age eight. She states the sport started out as a way to escape school work.
“Netball for me actually started out as a way to get out of class on Fridays, but then I developed a love for the game,” David said. “I love that its a team sport and we can all push each other to do better and the feeling of mastering a new skill is amazing.
“The main personal quality I’ve learned from netball is discipline. Especially trying out for the national squad, when there are so many training sessions. I’ve learned to not only make schedules for my days but also to actually follow them in order to balance college, netball and my other extracurricular activities.”
Cayman’s top players are preparing for the World Youth Netball Championships in Glasgow, Scotland this August. The world championships, happening 22-31 August, take place every four years with the last event on the Cook Islands in 2009. Australia are the reigning champions and some 20 countries will be participating this year.
The girls have been training at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex netball courts since September. Tryouts initially attracted 25 girls and all have been under the guidance of technical director for Cayman netball Gillian Lee.
David states making the national team would be a huge honour.
“It would mean a lot to me to be able to represent the Cayman Islands. This is where I grew up and where my life is and I see this as an opportunity to give back to the country through a sport that I love.”