Nicola Pringle hopes her prowess on Cayman’s netball courts will shine through abroad.
Pringle, 39, a member of the Cayman Islands national women’s team, has been in the sport for 25 years. She says now is the time to showcase her netball knowledge.
“When I was selected, it was a momentous occasion for me,” Pringle said. “It will be an honor to showcase my skills and help to put Cayman back on the map for netball as the senior teams have been out of competition for some time now.”
The Cayman Islands Netball Association is preparing its top ladies for the 2014 American Federation of Netball Associations Championship Aug. 19 to 29. The Calgary tournament serves as a qualifier for the 2015 World Netball Championships in Australia, with the top teams earning automatic berths. Cayman is among the association’s member countries in the Americas region.
Campbell is one of 13 women on the roster. The others are: Carrie Barnett-Carter, Alexis Carias, Kayon Clarke, Katherine Gow, Nickesha Lynch, Tashena Parks, Nicola Pringle, Karen Smith-James, Keren Watson, Aaliyah Webb, Rosemarie Wilson and Teneisha Wilson. The group has been training since January.
Pringle, listed at 5 feet, 2 inches, can play four positions: Goal Attack, Wing Attack, Center and Goal Defense. She has been playing for Roma, Cayman’s current national women’s champions, the last five years. Prior to that, Pringle was with Mandeville and African Strikers Youth Club in Jamaica.
As Pringle alluded to earlier, Cayman is fielding a women’s team at an international event for the first time in years. While the ladies have significant experience on the local scene, few have competed on the international level. Carias, Webb and Rosemarie Wilson competed for Cayman’s national Under-21 team at the 2013 World Youth Netball Championships in Scotland.
Pringle says her intention is to make her coaches proud.
“My expectation is go out there and put what I’ve learnt into my game and to play to the best of my ability to make my country, Cayman netball president Lucille Seymour, the coaches and the rest of my teammates proud and also to qualify for the world championship. Success comes through effort and I know it is going to be a lot of hard work. But we have two great coaches who are making sure they prepare us both physically and mentally for the challenge ahead.”
Funding has been an issue for the association, which is short roughly $38,000 for the trip. According to association secretary Onicia Mitchell, a total of $60,000 is needed, and in the past few months, approximately $22,000 has been raised through events such as fish fries.