The six-foot-two and a half inches young lady from Georgetown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines who joined the Royal Navy in 2017 says that the age-old adage “practice makes perfect” is true.
Recounting her first netball encounter, Whitney Ambriton said, “actually, when I started playing netball for the navy, that was my first time doing any sort of sport, and I wasn’t really that good”.
“I just give it a shot because I was terrible when I started netball”.
Fast forward to some weekend practice sessions and engagements as part of a team, she went on to represent the Royal Navy in the Inter- Services Championships in 2019.
“It wasn’t until we started playing a lot of games at the weekends that I got a lot better. You need to be able to work as a team and change your plan – and you need to be quick and think quickly on your feet.”
“With good coaching and tips from close friends, I was able to get better” though a long way from the professional player she is hoping to turn into.
In invited comments for Breadfruit News, she was excited to let us know that she is now considering trying her hands at ‘basketball, rowing and a few other sports next year’.
The Navy Writer who looks after pay, allowances and other personnel matters as part of her day job says that while the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted on her plans for the rest of the year, she remains undaunted.
“It hasn’t affected my motivation because I love the game. It just stopped me from being able to play.”
“I already had plans in place to join a new civilian team but that too got affected”.
MESSAGE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
She says that young people should not be afraid to try new things. It is not about whether you have the skill or not because it can be learnt.
“Look at me, I started from zero”.
With just about three years in the Royal Navy, Whitney has been recognised by her previous Unit for her outstanding contribution to the lived experiences of her compatriots from the Commonwealth.