Alexis is on target for Glasgow

Alexis Carias hopes to represent Cayman netball abroad. 

Carias is a member of the national Under-21 team. Carias, 15, started playing netball at age eight and states she will put her best foot forward in Scotland. 

“What I love about netball is that each player has their job to do and it is a team sport,” Carias said. “The main personal quality that I have learnt so far is you always have to give it your best and strive to improve because my team members rely on me.” 

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. 

Carias is one of 15 girls on the roster, with 12 expected to make the trip to Glasgow. The other ladies are Alexis Carias, Kimberly David, Renee Lindo, Noviann McLean, Brittany Mobley, Hailee Robinson, Olivia Samuels, Charlotte Shepheard, Alexia Walton, Roxanne Walton, Sheynae Watson, Aaliyah Webb, Martika Williams, Terry-Ann Williams and Rosemarie Wilson.  

The team will be headed by national coach Gillian Lee, who has put the girls through training at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex netball courts since September. 

Carias is currently a member of Rising Stars B, which competes in the Plate division of the Cayman Islands Netball Association 2013 Open League. Four other teams are in that group in Cayman National Bank All Stars B, Supa Storm, Jets and the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Renegades. 

Carias states playing in Glasgow will be a huge honour. 

“It will mean the world to me to represent my country and the people of the Cayman Islands by playing the sport I love.” 

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Alexis Carias, ball, will be shooting for props this summer.
PHOTO: MATTHEW YATES
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