Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller presented us$1000 (j$112,240.00) cheques to 11 of the 12 Sunshine Girls who copped bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in August.
The funds were promised after the team returned from the games in August at the opening of the re-furbished Leila Robinson Courts in Kingston.
The netballers are currently in training for Fast5 which comes up in early November.
Romelda Aiken was the only missing player. Those who were present at the presentation at Jamaica House were Nicole Aiken-Pinnock (captain), Thristina Harwood, Casey Evering, Sahser-Gaye Henry, Vangelee Williams, Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, Malysha Kelly, Shanice Beckford, Paula Thompson, Khadijah Williams and Stacian Facey.
Captain Aiken-Pinnock thanked the government for the funds (US$1,000) and promised to deliver more medals in the future in order to receive more gifts from the prime minister. She also said that they were looking forward to getting the gold in the future.
Natalie Neita-Headley, minister without portfolio with responsibility for sports, said that it was a worthy incentive for the netballers who did so well at the Commonwealth Games.
She hoped to improve their incentive in the future. She also looked forward to the day when netball gets the full support of corporate Jamaica and the public, considering that its Jamaica’s highest-ranked team sport.