The head of Cayman netball feels a national team holds the key for the sport’s future.
Cayman Islands Netball Association President Lucille Seymour will serve as the head of the delegation for the Under-21 national team competing in Glasgow, Scotland at the World Youth Netball Championships. The Cayman squad leaves on Saturday, 17 August and tackle two friendlies in the coming days before starting play next Thursday, 22 August.
Seymour said the squad is historic.
“This is history-making and the team will pit their skills against the world’s best netballers as they play and seek to set their best ranking position,” Seymour said.
“This tournament will enable the coaches to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses at this level and plan for the way forward. It will enable the association to build local capacity in the technical aspects of the game as well.”
Cayman is being represented by 12 girls, including Alexis Carias, Kimberly David, Terry-Ann Hunter, Noviann McLean, Brittany Mobley (vice-captain), Olivia Samuels, Charlotte Shepheard, Roxanne Walton, Sheynae Watson, Aaliyah Webb, Martika Williams (captain) and Rosemarie Wilson.
Guiding the girls will be national coach Gillian Lee, assistant coach Nicola Williams and team managers Andrea Singh and Adena Miller. The rest of the delegation sees association vice presidents Norma Ferryman and Lyneth Monteith, with Monteith also listed as an observer/assistant coach.
Cayman held its final training session on Tuesday against a select side at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre. The side has had corporate backing from the likes of Saxon MG, Deutsche Bank and Greenlight RE.
The world championships run 22-31 August and take place every four years, with the last event in the Cook Islands in 2009. Australia, the reigning champions, Barbados and Bermuda are among 20 countries that will be participating this year.
Seymour said many people have been key in getting the team to this point.
“The team is composed of players with various international experiences in netball and other sports. The players on this team will, in the future, form the nucleus of an adult women’s squad and some will continue on the Under-21 squad. This international exposure will be invaluable for the players and netball in Cayman.
“Cayman has had a full year raising funds privately and from government to make this tour a success. We would like to thank all the individuals, sponsors, companies, coaches and friends who gave any form of support to the netballers to make this trip a reality.”