Noviann McLean is ready to be a leader in Cayman netball.
McLean, 16, is one of the prospective members of the national Under-21 team. She made it past the second roster cut with the last cuts expected to occur in the coming weeks.
McLean started playing netball in year five of primary school at age eight. She states leadership is one of the sport’s enduring aspects.
“I love the techniques that I learn and also the thrill that I get when I am playing a game,” McLean said. “I also love that it keeps me active in different aspects of my life.
“I learned that you have to take the lead in netball and that you have to use your voice. Also, that we have a responsibility to communicate with each other and that we have to encourage one another.”
The Cayman Islands Netball Association has its top juniors 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.
McLean states making the national team would be a huge honour.
“It will mean a lot to me to represent the Cayman Islands. It will be a honour to have such a tremendous opportunity. This is because I am doing something that I love to do, whilst representing my country with pride.”