Martika Williams wants everyone to see her love for netball this summer.
Williams is a member of the Cayman Islands national Under-21 team. Williams, 20, started playing netball at Savannah Primary School. She states her passion for the sport has grown immensely.
“What I love about netball is that it is one of my favourite sports,” Williams said. “To me, netball is not only just a game. It is a passion. I enjoy playing netball, not just for fun but also to work with others as a team.
“The main personal quality that I have learnt so far is that you should never give up and always give it your best. Hard training, dedication, determination and positive motivation from coaches guided me into a better player and helped maintain my self composure.”
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.
Williams 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 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.
Williams states she is eager to show national pride in Glasgow.
“To represent my country, it will be a delighted and joyful feeling for me and my family. It will also be a great experience for me for I have not been to an international netball game.”