Williams motivated by Windies experience
Twenty-one-year-old Rashada Williams got an early birthday gift when she became the latest Jamaican to be called up for the West Indies Women team.
Williams, who will be celebrating her birthday this Saturday, was named in the regional squad that faced Pakistan in three One-Day Internationals and T20 matches recently.
The former Eltham High student, who is presently a third-year student at the Mico University College, where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in physical education, stated that she was overwhelmed by the experience.
“I was really surprised by the call, and it was unexpected, although I knew I was putting in the work,” Williams said.
Despite not playing in any of the matches in Dubai and Pakistan, Williams said that the experience was a great one.
“I am a bit disappointed that I didn’t play in any of the matches, but being amongst the best female players in the Caribbean, rubbing shoulders with them, was phenomenal, and being around them has helped me in improving my skills, as they really motivated me,” she said.
“My confidence now is at a high level, and I just have to put in more work, and with the regional tournament coming up, I am hoping to score a lot of runs as I am positive that I will be back in the squad when the team tours England this summer,” she concluded.
LOVE FOR CRICKET
Williams’ love for cricket started at a tender age and got more intense when she entered Eltham High, a school which produced the present West Indies captain, Stafanie Taylor.
She showed great leadership qualities there and was the captain of the Under-16 team that defeated Wolmer’s Boys in the final in 2012.
Being the only female member of the team and being named captain, she was asked how awkward it was leading a team which was made up mostly of male players.
“It was very challenging, it was not easy, but I had the full support of the players because of my leadership quality and the discipline I showed, so this made my job easier,” she said.
Williams, who played in the T20 Digicel matches for the school’s senior team, was hoping to also play in the Grace Shield during her final year in high school but did not get the chance as the governing body for high-school sports, ISSA, prevented her from doing so.
“I was very disappointed that I was not given the chance to play Grace Shield cricket, as it was my final year, but in the end, I think they were protecting me as they thought it was too serious for me playing with the bigger boys, but that did not deter me as I was named manager of the team, and that motivated me more,” she continued, before highlighting Taylor’s impact on her career.
“Stafanie (Taylor) is my role model, and despite not playing with her in high school, she is the one who paved the way for me, and playing under her leadership on the national senior team for the past five years has really played a big impact on my career,” said Williams, who first toured with the national team in 2013 in Dominica.