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NETBALL SAINT LUCIA: Wheels in Motion

Image: Members of the National Under-16 team who finished second in the Jean Pierre Caribbean Youth Netball Championship in 2018. (PHOTO: Anthony De Deauville)

CONSIDERING what can best be described as a mixed year for netball on the island, and after finishing in second place in the Jean Pierre Caribbean Youth Championship and winning the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Under -23 championships, Netball Saint Lucia is leaving no stone unturned for 2019.

The National Association is continuing its training sessions for its various national teams at the Vigie Multipurpose Sports Complex.

Image: Members of the National Under-16 team who finished second in the Jean Pierre Caribbean Youth Netball Championship in 2018. (PHOTO: Anthony De Deauville)
Members of the National Under-16 team who finished second in the Jean Pierre Caribbean Youth Netball Championship in 2018. (PHOTO: Anthony De Deauville)

According to Netball Saint Lucia, the under- 16s will train on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. and on Saturdays at 11.00 a.m.

The team is preparing to participate in the 2019 Jean Pierre Caribbean Youth Netball Championship in Antigua and Barbuda.

National netball captain for the senior team attached to the Department of Youth Development and Sports, Shem Maxwell, will head the coaching staff; Maxwell will be assisted by national senior player/ Coach Vern Alexander, with Netball Saint Lucia 1st Vice President, Sanya Antoine as Manager.

On Mondays and Thursdays from 5.30 p.m., and Saturdays from 3.00 p.m. there will be joint training sessions for both the under- 23 and senior team.

The under- 23s will be under the watchful eyes of former national players/ coaches, Michelle Rogers and Lindel Forde, with Alexandra Eugene as Manager.

Donnalyn Joseph will take charge of the coaching staff for the senior’s team with Physical Education Teacher at the Corinth Secondary School, Gemma Lionel as her assistant and Netball Saint Lucia Secretary, Veronica Harris as Manager.

Netball Saint Lucia has appointed a Selection Committee whose major function is to select the respective squads to represent Netball Saint Lucia. The Head Coach of the respective training teams will join the selection committee in the final selections of the teams. The selection committee is made up of regional Umpire, Wayne Bentie, former Netball Saint Lucia President, Caron Tobierre, Radio Host (Sports), Michael Pierre and former national netballer, Fredericka Leon.

Anthony De Beauville is The VOICE Publishing Company’s multi-award winning sports journalist. He works closely with a number of sports federations including the Department of Youth Development and Sports, the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee and other organizations.

He covers and contributes articles highlighting the areas of international, regional, national, community based clubs and schools sporting activities. There is never an off day as he stays busy... Read full bio...

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