My aim is to get better - Williams

November 07, 2017
Members of Jamaica's Fast5 netball squad display their silver medals at the Norman Manley International Airport on Monday night shortly after they arrived home from Melbourne, Australia. From left: Coach Sasher-Gaye Henry, Shanice Beckford, Stacian Facey, Vangelee Williams, Paula Thompson, Jhaniele Fowler-Reid (captain), Rebekah Robinson, Khadijah Williams, Adean Thomas, Malysha Kelly, coach Marvette Anderson and physiotherapist Wendy Peart.
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Sunshine Girl Vangelee Williams, one of the top defenders at this year's Fast5 World Series in Melbourne, Australia, plans to build on her success ahead of next year's Commonwealth Games.

Williams, 25, was outstanding throughout the tournament for the Jamaicans, who finished the preliminary round unbeaten with five victories before being beaten by England in the final.

Williams, a former student of The Mico University College, said she was very happy for her performance during the championships and is looking forward to more success at next year's Commonwealth Games, which will also be held Australia, April 4-15. "I always think that I am in the mix, but I have never seen my name on the table before. The stats show that I am actually there, it is not a mind thing," said Williams.

"This means everything to me because I did what I was supposed to do as defender. I got interceptions, I got deflections, I attacked when I needed to attack. That helped my team to win games at the championship," she said.

"I am really proud of myself. I am really proud of my teammates because they really motivated me and kept going whenever I was tired," she added.

 

WORK HARDER

 

The stoutly built player added that she plans to work harder in training to improve her ability on the court.

"My aim is to just get better, I need to lose some weight so that I can move a little faster on the court," she said.

"Going forward, you can expect a lot more interceptions and a lot more deflections because that was always my aim to get better, to help my team finish atop the table and to be in the mix at all times," Williams said, adding that despite Jamaica's failure to win the win the gold, she was happy for silver.

"I always thought that the Commonwealth Games bronze was all that, but getting this silver was like, yes, we need to do more to get that gold or even get a silver at the other major championships.

"This crop of girls, along with the others that we left at home, are just awesome because we have each other's backs, and we support each other, no matter what the situation might be."

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