It affected me mentally - Beckford

October 23, 2017
Khadijah Williams (left) runs with ball with Shanice Beckford (right) ahead of Kayla Cullen of New Zealand. The two Jamaican players were suspended by Allison-McCracken.

Sunshine Girls goal attack Shanice Beckford, who left the island yesterday as part of Jamaica's team to the Fast5 World Series in Melbourne, Australia, said she almost quit the sport after being suspended by then head coach Jermaine Allison-McCracken in April.

Beckford, Khadijah Williams and Nicole Dixon were suspended by Allison-McCracken for what the coach had described as inappropriate behaviour ahead of a home series against Barbados in April.

The girls subsequently returned to the national set-up shortly before Allison-McCracken resigned, quitting after demands she had put to Netball Jamaica were not met.

Beckford, who joins the Sunshine Girls to compete at the Fast5 World Series in Melbourne, Australia, October 28-29, told STAR Sports she was badly hurt and shaken up by the suspension.

"It did affect me because I started to think twice about netball, something that I love so much," she said. "It also affected me mentally, because I didn't want to stop playing the game or stay away from it; but I love it so much, so I had to come back," she said.

Beckford, 22, said it felt good to be back in the national team and she was looking forward to doing her best for Jamaica at the Fast5 World Series Down Under.

"I moved on long ago, long before the meeting with Netball Jamaica. I have moved past the situation and I am looking forward to the future, to making the team for the Commonwealth Games and the World Cup," she said.

"I am very excited about this tour because the atmosphere at the Fast5 is overwhelming. I am looking forward to being there with the girls and following the coaches' instructions.

"I am very confident because once the girls stick to the task and do what the coaches tell us to do, I think that we can be among the medals or even win the tournament," she added.

The Sunshine Girls finished a disappointed fifth in the last Fast5 tournament, which was also held in Melbourne, Australia.

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