Netball Jamaica to seek visas for Sunshine Girls
Netball Jamaica communication director Wayne Lewis said the association will be taking steps to ensure that Sunshine Girls are equipped with the right visas ahead their scheduled participation in any overseas tournaments.
Lewis made his comments after three members of the Sunshine Girls team - Shamera Sterling, Shantal Slater and Zonasha Hinds - who are preparing for this month's Fast5 World Series in Melbourne, Australia, were denied US visas by the embassy in Kingston.
This led to Netball Jamaica naming three late replacements.
Lewis told STAR Sports that Netball Jamaica was very disappointed that the girls were not granted the visas and so they will be putting measures in place to ensure that this does not happen again.
"We are looking down the road and there will be other tournaments coming up that these girls could possible factor in, and so it is good to be ready," said Lewis.
"It is better you prepare for an opportunity that never comes, rather than an opportunity comes your way and you are not prepared," he said.
"Therefore we are looking down the road to see that if we can still get them their visas, and they should be called upon next year, then we would not have this problem, and so we are trying to solve a number of problems with this setback," Lewis said.
Meanwhile, lanky sharp shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, who plies her trade with the Southern Steel in the ANZ Championships in New Zealand, was a late addition and has been named captain. It will be Fowler-Reid's first appearance for the Sunshine Girls since November last year.
Former captain Malysha Kelly and veteran player Paula Thompson, who were not among the original list, were also added to the Sunshine Girls' 12-member squad.
Lewis said the three players would add strength and depth to the unit, which will be aiming to win the championships for the first time.