Nelson rewarded for brilliance

Amanda Nelson was outstanding for the Cayman Islands at last month’s Women’s Under-20 CONCACAF tournament here and that has led to a pleasant surprise. 

Nelson has been offered a scholarship at the University of West Florida and will move from South Georgia State College where she is studying for a degree in sonography. 

The 19-year-old central defender who plays for Future had an excellent tournament although Cayman lost all three matches, but she impressed University of West Florida scouts enough to entice her there.  

Martha Godet is head of the women’s football program in Cayman. She said, “Amanda is thrilled about the scholarship and so am I. Football is played to a higher standard there and she will join another Caymanian footballer, Shanice Monteith, who is also studying there. Jessica Ebanks also went there and has now graduated.” 

Godet has no doubt that Nelson will do well. “She has determination, is courageous, skilful and most of all, is very disciplined. She is well focused in all areas and I have no doubt that she will have a long and successful career in football.” 

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Amanda Nelson played superbly for Cayman last month. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD