Sunshine Girls denied US visas

October 05, 2017

Jamaica Sunshine Girls trio of Shantal Slater, Shamera Sterling and Jodian Ward, who are preparing for the this month's Fast5 World Netball Series in Melbourne, Australia, were denied US visas by the embassy in Kingston last week.

Sunshine Girls interim coach Sasher-Gaye Henry told STAR Sports that the girls were devastated and disappointed by the US Embassy's decision not to grant them visas.

The Fast5 World Netball Series will be held from October 28-29.

"This is affecting the teams because of the fact that a lot of players were unavailable and these players, who are available, have been working hard in training and so it is disappointing for them," said Henry.

"The association will be appealing. They have already started the process so we are positive things will work out in our favour," Henry said.

The Sunshine Girls are coming off a disappointing performance in their last international series, an under-strength team held to a 1-1 draw in a three-Test series by minnows Barbados in April.




Henry said despite the team's training sessions being affected by heavy rains, which have drenched the island in recent weeks, she is confident they will do well Down Under.

"It is very important for us to go there and do well because we have a lot of issues facing us, one of them is that we don't have the use of the Leila Robinson courts to train on because of the rains.

"We have limited amount of training sessions because we don't have the National Arena to train in. Hopefully, everything will work out for us by today (Thursday), and we will be able to get the Indoor Sports Centre to train in," she said.

Henry and Marvette Anderson were appointed interim coaches until the end of this year, following the sacking of head coach Jermaine Allison McCracken in July.

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