Rosie keeps focus on teamwork

Rosemarie Wilson wants to show there is no ‘I’ in team. 

Wilson is a member of the Cayman Islands national Under-21 team. Wilson, 17, started playing netball in year four of primary school at age eight.  

A star netball prodigy for years, Wilson states the focus should be on her team-mates. 

“What I love about netball is it keeps you occupied and you come across a lot of different challenges,” Wilson said. “You’re striving to exceed being able to represent the country. 

“The main personal quality I’ve learned from netball is teamwork. When I first started playing netball and my team lost a game, I would get mad and blame everyone but myself. Now, I have learned the true meaning of there is no ‘I’ in team. If I slip up and make a mistake, I apologize to my team members and try my best to do better the next time.” 

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.  

Wilson 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, Terry-Ann Hunter, Renee Lindo, Noviann McLean, Brittany Mobley, Hailee Robinson, Olivia Samuels, Charlotte Shepheard, Alexia Walton, Roxanne Walton, Sheynae Watson, Aaliyah Webb and Martika Williams.  

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.  

Wilson states she is eager to show national pride in Glasgow. 

“It would mean a lot to me to represent the Cayman Islands. This is the place I call home and love most dearly.” 

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