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NETBALLERS READYING FOR CARIBBEAN GAMES

St. Vincent and the Grenadines‘ Under-23 netballers are expected to intensify their preparation as the time nears for the inaugural Caribbean Games, set for Guadeloupe, 29th June to 3rd July.

This period should see team fine-tuning their skills and tactics and bonding as a unit.

Wollis Christopher, one of the assistant coaches, informed that preparation started with some forty or so players and reduced to fifteen, from which the final twelve will be chosen.

Noting that it has been two months of hard work Christopher reflected that, “The players came in with a lot of deficiencies, but in time we have worked on their weaknesses and we have seen improvements… they have some way to go but as we intensify the sessions… by the time the tournament comes around, the players will be in a position to give a good account of themselves.”

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Notwithstanding the improvement, Christopher admitted that there were some factors impeding progress.

One of the setbacks is the availability of the Kingstown Netball Centre (KNC).

“We only practice two days per week, one day for our training and the other day we share with the senior national team… In addition, a number of the other teams and clubs have secured the KNC for their practice sessions in preparation for the Fast Five Competition,” Christopher lamented. 

In spite of everything, Christopher reiterated that the team is there to put in its best showing and pointed to the inclusion of “a few players who have senior team experience” as a benefit.

Netball is one of the seven disciplines that will be part of the Caribbean Games, an undertaking of the Caribbean National Olympic Committees (CANOC).

The other disciplines are Track and Field, 3×3 Basketball, Swimming, Cycling, Judo and Futsal.

An estimated 800 athletes and 200 officials from 29 countries are expected to be part of the historic Caribbean Games.

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