Girls ready to shine - Henry

August 03, 2017
Sasher-Gaye Henry

Sunshine Girls assistant coach Sasher-Gaye Henry said her relationship with the country's senior players has made her job a lot easier and she is thriving in the post.

The 37-year-old Henry, who was appointed assistant coach of the Sunshine Girls team in 2016, has been leading Jamaica's preparations for the Caribbean Championships since last Tuesday in the absence of head coach Jermaine Allison-McCracken, who will be away for two weeks ahead of the August 18-26 tournament.

Henry played alongside the likes of Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, Malysha Kelly and Paula Thompson at the 2011 World Championships in Singapore, which has made her job a lot easier.

"It has its and good and it has its bad," said Henry. "I mean its good because we have a good relationship and, being a senior player, they look up to me and give me their full respect. I give them respect too," she said.

"They know that I was always a hard worker and it was easy transitioning into the position," Henry added.

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The Sunshine Girls are coming off a disappointing 1-1 draw against Barbados in their last competitive series in May on home soil.

The team was without a number its senior players for the series such as Fowler-Reid and Kelly, who were playing in New Zealand and Australian leagues this season.

Also returning to the Sunshine Girls set-up are Vangelee Williams, Vanessa Walker and Shantal Slater, who played in England's top netball competition.

Veteran player Paula Thompson also returned to the Sunshine Girls squad after missing the Barbados series this year.

"It is good to have them back. Their experience within the team will be good and it is just better for us and it is just a high horse that we are riding on having these senior players back," said Henry.

"The girls are ready to go and win the competition and that's what we are going for," she said. "We are going for a win. They are working hard and that is our focus."

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